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The Zambia Agribusiness and Trade project (ZATP) supports farmer groups

The Zambia Agribusiness and Trade project (ZATP) is a Government project being implemented through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) with support from the World Bank.

ZATP speaks to high level national objectives with regard to Government’s determination to attain the vision 2030 and sustainable Development Goals. This is being achieved through a multifaceted approach seeking to boost growth oriented Agribusiness farmers and SMEs by investing in both their technical and productive capabilities and business management skills.

The projects reach has been extended to 5 provinces in Zambia namely, Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt and Eastern provinces. In an effort to boost the productive capacity of emerging farmers, Last year, ZATP, through the initiative aimed at building productive alliances In Zambia (BPAZ) called out farmer groups in Lusaka and Southern provinces to submit proposals for possible development and eventual funding.

The two provinces responded favorably with over 30 farmer groups submitting their proposals, the process for proposal development took place over a number of months with various stages being carried out under the careful mentorship and guidance of the ZATP through its regional facilitators. The number of farmer groups thinned out to include only the most competitive producer groups who represented different value chains, including aquaculture, Dairy farming and livestock production.

Eventually, five groups came out strong and after a thorough exercise carried out by a team of ZATP and Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry officers, Ferngrove Dairy Cooperative, Mapepe Dairy Cooperative, united Aquaculture, Munjilesmallholder dairy cooperative and Magoye Chabota agricultural cooperative received their much anticipated matching grants on the 15th May, 2019.

The project has continued to offer support through the implementation of its objective which is to move emerging farmers from their current levels of productivity to higher levels through financial and technical assistance support that will result in them becoming effective and competitive players in their respective value chains.

In an effort to continue providing technical assistance to farmer groups, ZATP spotted Mapepe Dairy Cooperative society limited as a client who has demonstrated their determination to stay on the growth trajectory by taking the crucial step of applying for the projects services and fulfilling all the pre-requisites to qualify for various forms of assistance under the project. The project therefore purchased 1 canter and 1 hard body vehicle for Mapepe Dairy Association and handed them over on 9th January 2020.

Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary, Mushuma Mulenga officially handed over the two Vehicles and encouraged farmer groups in the 5 provinces of the projects reach to get involved, apply for Technical Assistance and Matching Grants, actively seek information and ultimately benefit from the services that the ZATP exists to offer

Mapepe Dairy Cooperative society limited was formed in 2005 by retirees and retrenchees from Government ministries who had settled in the farming area between Chilanga and Shimabala on the Kafue-Lusaka Road.

 

 

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