By CASSEY KAYULA –
THE Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) is exploring possibilities of exporting peanut butter and honey to South Africa as well as Namibia next year.
COMACO chief agriculture officer Richard Mumba said the company’s objective was to see expansion of the sector and stimulate the export market.
Mr Mumba said the company has advanced its negotiation with counterparts in Namibia and South Africa to export peanut butter and honey.
He said for Zambia to prosper, the economy to grow and for jobs to be created the country needed to develop a resilient private sector where small and medium sized businesses could flourish.
Mr Mumba said this in an interview in Lusaka recently.
Mr Mumba said Zambian citizen should start the bee keeping and honey production initiative and add value to honey, thus creating jobs through value addition.
He said COMACO was an emerging company that is pioneering an innovative way for making markets and conservation work together.
“If we penetrate the export market, it will bring value in terms of margins which will allow us generate more money for us to upscale,” Mr Mumba said.
Mr Mumba said the company also had intentions to introduce mushrooms as a product next year.
He said the COMACO’s model was to address issues of food security and income security and to see how much these elements can contribute to the conservation of the natural resources.
“We are certain that if farmers become much more resourceful in terms of food and income they should be able to protect the environment which they live in,” Mr Mumba said.