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Zambia: Country Has Great Agro Potential-Nielsen

Gethsemane Mwizabi

BALUBA Valley Farm manager Dan Linde Nielsen says Zambia has great agriculture potential considering its friendly weather and good political climate compared to other countries.

Mr Nielsen, a Danish missionary said a good climatic condition, was key to great agriculture development. He said Zambia was peaceful, making the environment conducive for all sorts of investment including agriculture.

“I am grateful for the goodwill we have had from Government. The Zambian Government has been very supportive of our investment in agriculture,” he said.

He said Zambia was endowed with vast land and water resources to support the growth of agriculture, which could become the mainstay of the economy, instead of largely depending on mining.

He said the multi-billion kwacha Baluba Valley Farm, which is located in Kaniki area of Ndola, was this year expecting a turnover of K7.5 billion from sales compared to last year’s K6.7 billion.

Last year was a productive year. This year, we will increase our profits, he said.

The farm has four main activities namely poultry, beef and dairy farming and fruit tree growing.

“We are currently producing approximately, 110,000 chickens per year but due to the increased demand on the market, our production is likely to go up,” said Mr Nielsen.

According to Mr Nielsen the Banana plantation is the largest on the Copperbelt and produces more than 450,000 kg of bananas annually.

In total the farm, is spread over a 100 hectares of land and has 550 both diary and beef animals.

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