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Yam value addition in Zambia

By Nicholas Mwale

A Yam crop consultant DENNIS CHINEDU has urged Zambian farmers to consider engaging in the production of yam.

Mr. CHINEDU who is a consultant for the Yams and Tubers Multipurpose Co-operative (YATU) in Lusaka says yam farming has the potential to transform not only the health standards of many Zambians but also the country’s economy.

Mr. CHINEDU has told the National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS) in an interview that yam, raise significant revenue for the country and also promote healthy diet citizens.

He says more than 2000 Zambian farmers have already gotten on board in yam farming since it was introduced in the country in 2014.

Mr. CHINEDU has however observed the need for more sensitization to have more farmers engaged in yam production.

He says the co-operative is now planning to go into value addition where various yam products will be produced within the country such as the pounded yam, porridge, and flour and yam chips.

Mr. CHINEDU has since called on the government to help create both a local and international market for yam in Zambia.

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