Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo says government is committed to holding regular dialogue with agricultural stakeholders to ensure growth of the industry.

Katambo says the Ministry of Agriculture will endeavour to ensure that all decisions affecting the agricultural industry are made in full consultation with stakeholders in order to reach consensus in a bid to grow the sector.

Speaking in Lusaka during Virtual Consultative Meeting with the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU),
Katambo said President Edgar Lungu has offered support to agriculture and expects a positive transformation of the sector.

He said the President further expects that the Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders such as ZNFU implement practical measures that will bring positive change in the lives of small, medium and large-scale farmers.

Katambo said government’s strategic focus in 2021 is to implement policy and legislative measures targeted at stimulating the growth of various commodity industries.

He has further encouraged the Farmers’ Union to continue informing government on issues affecting the agricultural industry.

And ZNFU President Jervis Zimba said the union is optimistic that the country will have a good harvest this year.

Zimba said it is encouraging that most farmers countrywide have also done very well in crop diversification.

He has applauded government for taking deliberate steps to have regular dialogue meetings with stakeholders in finding the best way forward to grow the sector.