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GOVERNMENT EMPOWERS OVER 3,000 MBALA BEAN FARMERS

By GEORGE MTONGA
GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Agriculture working with World Vision Zambia has embarked on trainings and providing seed to promote bean production among farmers in Mbala district in Northern province.
Senior Agriculture Officer, Eugenia Musaba expressed government’s commitment to ensure attaining high bean farming productivity which will generate income, self-employment and economic independence for sustainably among women in the area.
Ms Musaba said government is delighted to see incorporating partners such as World Vision coming on board to empower mostly the vulnerable women for wealth creation and alleviate poverty as they engage in the bean crop farming is currently on demand.
“We are supporting and implementing Government’s effort on women empowerment through crop diversification such as bean farming to improve the livelihoods of rural family and poverty reduction,” Ms Musaba said.
She further expressed happiness at some women farmer led groups who have taken initiative in engaging in to bean production, making farming a viable business.
And World Vision Mbala area Development Facilitator, Taona Shawa said it is the organisation’s core mandate to impart skills through various training platforms and empowering the underprivileged people in the community.
Mr Shawa explained that his organisation has been providing necessary support to supplement Government’s effort for rural household sustainability and financial capacity building especially for women and the youth in Mbala.
He said this during a bean orientation programme organised by local women recently.
“We are currently supporting 3,500 bean farmers in the district and provide them with financial literacy through savings groups to sustain their economic freedom” Mr Shawa narrated.
He further called for more women to come on board to meet the current demand of the product on the market.
Meanwhile, Women of Substance Chief Executive Officer, Katheryn Mukwavi has hailed government with its cooperating partners for providing necessities to uplift the living standards of women.
Pastor Mukwavi, who is leading a group of over 200 women whom some are widows and divorcees joyfully explained the bean farming programme has come at the right when rural farmers most needed it.
She made an earnest appeal to women in her local village and the district to develop keen interest bean crop production to fight hunger and poverty in rural farming areas.-NAIS

Women Cooperative group engaged in Bean in Mbala District. Picture by GEORGE MTONGA

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