Minister of Agriculture DORA SILIYA says it is essential that farmers learn about value addition, group marketing and financial literacy to enable them negotiate financial services that are appropriate for their needs.
SILIYA said that they must also be enabled to access innovation and business management training, in order to better manage farming as a business.
She was speaking today at the 156th Session of Food Agriculture Organization Council meeting in Rome, Italy this week.
The Agriculture Minister said that there are clear indications that agro- industries have a significant global impact on economic development and poverty reduction, in both urban and rural communities.
SILIYA added that the full potential of agro-industries as an engine for economic development has not yet been fully realized in many developing countries, especially in Africa.
Zambia speaks on behalf of the Africa Group, and appreciates the work and effort that the FAO secretariat has made in coming up with a Reviewed Strategic Framework that is in line with the demands and expectations of members states.