Agro business vital

Agro business vital

Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederin has urged Government to consider developing initiatives that will maximise unexploited opportunities through integrating entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector.

Mr Cederin said it is unfortunate that despite having all the necessary requirement and resources, the agriculture sector in Zambia is still not developed to full capacity.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday evening, after a business-focused seminar, Mr Cederin said if the agriculture sector is to develop, it is important to attract investment in processing machineries and industries, which is currently lacking.

Zambia has the potential to maximise production of goods, thereby reduce the number of products being imported into the country. The country has the right climate, soil and vast land availability.

Last week, a 45-member delegation of Swedish farmers’, and10 Swedish companies was in the country to learn and identify and exploit various agricultural opportunities in Zambia.

Commenting on the development, Mr Cederin said the delegation may consider investing in the country depending on the business attractiveness and opportunities that they will identify.

The other 10 companies are also planning to partner with their Zambian counterparts on various business opportunities.

In separate interviews, delegation leader Martin Niklasson said the delegation was in the country to learn and see various business opportunities, of which some might be interested to come back and invest.

Mr Niklasson said Zambia has vast undeveloped land which local and foreign investors can utilise.

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