13 February 2013

Zambia: Sylva to Train 6,000 Farmers

SYLVA Professional Catering Services Limited is this year expected to train more than 6, 000 farmers in food processing and packing.

Managing director Sylvia Banda said the company would train farmers in local food processing and packaging.

Ms Banda said the move to train more farmers was aimed at promoting and preserving local foods to ensure that farmers benefited from their produce.

The food processing and packaging concept would allow farmers to gain more in some from the produce as it would give them an opportunity to sell on both the domestic and export markets.

"This year, we will train about 6, 000 farmers in food processing and packaging, this is to ensure that crops are not going to waste," she said.

The initiative would go a long way in helping farmers to create a stronger base of income generation through value addition, food processing and improved packaging of local foods.

Speaking in Lusaka, she said her company had also been requested to train farmers in the region and that so far, a good number of the farmers had been trained.

This year, the firm is expected to conduct the training in Tanzania, Botswana, and Angola among other countires.

She said from inception of the initiative, the company had trained more than 10000 farmers.

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