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Young farmer calls for investments in agro-sector

A young Zambian farmer and innovator, has called for more investment and resources to be committed to agriculture and agri-business in order for the sector to be more profitable.
Mwala Mooto says agriculture is the largest employer in Zambia, and Africa as a whole, but its contribution to GDP does not reflect the efforts that industry players put in.
Mr. Mooto says Africa is capable of achieving sustainable development goals, reduce inequality and poverty levels if it utilized the opportunities that agriculture, agro processing and agribusiness presents.
He says 60 percent of the African population is employed in agriculture, but the sector only contributes 15 percent to continental GDP and 70 percent of Zambians are employed in the sector, but only contribute 15 percent to National GDP.
The Young farmer says has attributed the low contributions of the sector to low economic activity that can be derived from the sector despite the majority of the population being involved in agricultural activities.

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