THE Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry has been urged to effectively collaborate with schools that have ventured into agricultural activities.
National Action for Quality Education in Zambia NAQEZ executive director Aaron Chansa points out that in a bid to encourage farming practices in schools the need to help find market for the crop produce of schools remains critical.
“As the country is striving to diversify the economy from mining to agriculture there is need to find a strategy of helping stakeholders find market for crop produce” Mr Chansa said.
He feels that some schools in the country are struggling to find market for the crops grown thereby discouraging them from maximizing production.
He added that promoting agricultural units in schools should be accompanied by technical support from various ministries which also include the ministry of agriculture and livestock.
He says for the young people in schools to have the knowledge of farming effectively there is need to enhance trainings on best farming practices.
“Young people that have the desire to venture in agriculture practices should be well equipped and supported by the government and stakeholders if they are to play a role in sustaining the agriculture sector” he explained.
Mr. Chansa says Zambia needs to implement deliberate strategies aimed at accelerating the attainment of sustainable development goal SDG number 2 on zero hunger that seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture.
“To attain SDG Number 2 on zero hunger there is need to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the agriculture sector are trained on the best farming practices to avoid wastage of crops” he said.
Meanwhile some pupils at Lusaka’s Kabulonga girls secondary school revealed to Techwatch News that the agriculture units in schools being promoted is helping them to appreciate the agriculture sector and take it as a business.