The Soil Chemistry Laboratory at Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) in Chilanga has been renovated and will soon be operational.
The World Bank Funded Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) financed the rehabilitation of Soil Testing Laboratory.
The contractor, Lamasat International Limited has handed over the laboratory to ZARI at Mount Makulu in Chilanga.
ZARI Deputy Director GODFREY MWILA says the laboratory contractor has completed the rehabilitation of that laboratory and has officially handed it over to the institute.
Mr. MWILA says the laboratory will be fully operational in about three months’ time after installing the equipment, which has already been procured.
He says the laboratory will improve the efficiency of ZARI in soil testing and advising farmers in the application of fertilizer according to soil types.
And APPSA National Coordinator Dr. DICKSON NG’UNI says the soil testing laboratory has been rehabilitated at a cost of K1.6 Million.
Meanwhile, Works and Supply Lusaka District Technical Officer for General Works, PATRIC MATOMBELELE has expressed satisfaction work with the rehabilitation works of the laboratory.