New Delhi : Permanent Secretary, State House, Zambian President's Secretariat, Ms Christah and Private Secretary to His Excellency, President of Zambia visited Indian Council of Food and Agriculture Head Quarters, New Delhi to formalise the modalities for five lac hectares of land that Zambian Government has awarded to ICFA for Indian farmers and companies to take up commercial agriculture.
This visit is advancement to the ICFA strategic dialogues in Dubai with the Zambian Presidential delegation in March 2017 and later a delegation visit to Zambia led by DG ICFA, Mr Alok Sinha. The meeting was organized to discuss the way forward to undertake commercial agricultural activities like farming, food processing, supply chain, agricultural research etc.
Also, various concerns like, trade arrangements, bilateral trade propositions, facilities and benefits to investors and other aspects were discussed with an objective to expedite the process and begin the commercial activity as soon as possible. Zambia, with the motive to ensure food security for its people and generate employment opportunities specifically in rural areas is eager for its early take off and has promised all possible support for investors for mutual benefits. Zambia is keen to devise a cooperative like model, as in India, to stream line resources for maximum returns.