By ANDREW PHIRI –
THE Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) has partnered with the Netherlands consulate to fight poverty in the country through training in producing, processing and packaging of agro products.
CBTA president Felix Daka said the association was working tirelessly to fight poverty and it had since partnered with the Netherlands consulate through an initiative known as Agric-protocols.
Mr Daka said the Netherland’s Agric-Profocus was working with farmers and CBTA in trying to help them produce, process and package their produce.
He was speaking in Livingstone yesterday during a two -day training workshop for association members.
Mr Daka said Netherlands had committed to the partnership through offer of training and entrepreneurship skills to CBTA members.
“We as CBTA find it prudent to train our members in the field of entrepreneurship skills, business management and export marketing capacity.
“The Consulate of the Netherlands has gone further to engage experts to train CBTA members and farmers with entrepreneurship, business management and export capacity skills, and to improve the quality of products for other markets apart from COMESA, Southern SADC, EAC,” Mr Daka said.
Mr Daka said the Netherlands consulate wanted the two countries’ national associations and farmers to improve their economic status.
A consultant from the Netherlands Consulate Jan Doeksen said there was need for governments in the SADC region and COMESA to sort out administrative barriers that affected trade.
Mr Doeksen said the Netherlands was willing to give help to countries Like Zambia and Zimbabwe in terms of knowledge as opposed to financial aid.
“Netherlands can give support in terms knowledge. We cannot give out money, so we will train these traders and farmers on how they can structure their businesses,” Mr Doeksen said.