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Zambia on Friday launched a new policy aimed at transforming the agricultural sector so that it becomes an engine of economic development and poverty reduction.

agriThe government also launched the agriculture extension and advisory services strategy aimed at improving agriculture extension services to stakeholders.

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya said during the launch of the policy in Lusaka, the country’s capital, that the two documents have been launched in order to take into account the challenges identified by stakeholders affecting the development of the agriculture sector.

She said the second agricultural development policy encompasses, among other things, the diversification of the sector to include other value crops, unlike depending on maize as the main crop, and increasing production and productivity by taking advantage of the available resources in the country such as abundant land and water to improve productivity.

The document also includes the promotion of irrigation farming in order to have an all-year round agricultural season unlike depending on rain-fed agriculture as well as the promotion of mechanization in the sector.

The government, she said, was committed to transforming the agriculture sector and expressed confidence that the two documents will give the government the parameter to do just that.

Meanwhile, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo said the strategy on agriculture extension and advisory services was intended to provide stakeholders with extension services in order to accelerate agricultural transformation.

He said the strategy will also help promote the use of available resources in order to minimize wastage and the adoption of innovation and technology to improve production. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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