Saturday, 25 February 2012


The Zambia Agribusiness Technical Assistance Centre (ZATAC) has  signed grants agreements between Africa Development Foundation(ADF) and three District Women Associations based in the Eastern province of Zambia.
The grants of 1371,000,000.00 kwacha which were granted by United States African Development Foundation (USDF) are meant for three ground nuts processing projects in Eastern Province which are to last for two farming seasons.
The Associations which were awarded with the grants include Petauke District Farmers Association (DFA), Chipata District Women Development Association (Chipata DWDA) and Katete District Women Development Association (Katete DWDA).
Speaking at the award ceremony ZATAC Chief Executive Officer Likando Mukumbuta explained that ZATAC is USDF partner in Zambia with the responsibility of facilitating USADF projects in Zambia.
He said the USDF is an independent Federal agency established to support African designed and driven solutions that address grassroots economic and social problems.
 Mr. Mukumbuta said the Associations were given a period of two years to develop business plans before granting them the money.
Petauke DFA was awarded a sum of K457 million, Chipata DWDA was awarded K454 million and Katete DWDA was awarded 460 million.
Mr. Mukumbuta added that ZATAC is aimed at taking technology to all parts of the country especially in rural areas so as to create more jobs for the youths.
And Chairperson for Chipata DWDA Annette Soko thanked the ADF for granting them the funds for their projects.
She further said the project will greatly help the woman at grass root level as the project also help woman fight gender based violence.
Chipata DWDA will make sure to improve the Chipata DWDA’s prospects for sustained expansion of their projects.

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