As the country moves to lessen its economic dependence on copper, Italian Ambassador to Zambia Fillippo Scammacca Del  Murgo says that Italy has a lot to offer.

Dr. Del Murgo said his office has been holding meetings with Italian investors who want to invest in Zambia’s agriculture industry.

The ambassador said the Italians are willing to share knowledge on agriculture with the people of Eastern province and Zambia as a whole.

He said Italy does not have a lot of natural resource and therefore, has had to depend on agriculture.

Dr. Del Murgo recently paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mwanawasa, while visiting different Italian families settled near the border to Malawi and investing in different economic activities.

Some of the Italian investors who are in the province are growing macadamia nuts on an eight hundred hectare for export and is expected to help lessen the country’s dependence on copper.

Meanwhile Mwanawasa says any investment into Eastern Province’s agriculture is welcome citing that the province recently started growing wheat, which will need value addition.

Mwanawasa said the province is poised to benefit from Italy’s vast experience in wheat.

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