The Jesuit Center for Theological Reflections (JCTR) in Northern Province has embarked on rural community sensitization to share information on agriculture policies and ways to enhance the agro processing industry in the country.

JCTR Outreach Regional Manager Felix Chiwela said the sensitizations will help in receiving feedback from farming communities on agriculture programmes such as the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

Speaking during a sensitization meeting in Kasama, Mr. Chiwela said JCTR also wants to link farmers and producers to enhance the use of locally grown food products to promote decent jobs in the sector in order to positively contribute to Zambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He said other matters under discussion were the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) pricing and buying mechanisms, implementation of organic agriculture and other sustainable agriculture systems, as a response to climate change.

Mr. Chiwela hoped that the programme can create network with government and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector and help increase understanding of the FRA laws and Policies.

He further added that the meeting will also help the farming communities with strategies of improving marketing mechanisms for their agricultural commodities.

Mr. Chiwela said the information received will be used in a policy briefing targeted at Parliamentarians and Minister of Agriculture and livestock.

He stated that JCTR is working with the Catholic International Development Charity (CAFOD) to promote knowledge and understanding among communities on various laws and policies.

Mr. Chiwala said the partnership also hopes to contribute towards refining laws and policies in the sector for their successful implementation to improve the lives of farmers, especially the vulnerable.

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