By HAPPY MULOLANI –
THE Smallholder Agribusiness Promotion Programme (SAPP) has disbursed K60,000 to Maramba Mushroom Group in Livingstone.
SAPP programme manager Kwibisa Lywalii told the National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS) during a field visit in Livingstone that the funds were released under the programme’s matching grant after assessing the group’s viability.
Mr Lywalii said the group contributed K7,000 towards its enterprise noting that the group’s contribution was to enhance its ownership and sustainability.
“The group has been involved in mushroom growing since 2011, thereafter applied for a matching grant to put up new mushroom structures after fire gutted the initial structures that the group had been utilising for growing their mushroom,” said Liywalii.
He said the group had been initially assisted with the construction of the first structures by Rural Finance, a programme under the International Fund for AgriculturaI Development (IFAD), which has since been phased out.
Mr Liywalii said the group was funded on the basis that they were in need of funds to put up a new structure to continue their mushroom enterprise and were already an organised group.
IFAD resident representative and country director Abla Benhammouche said IFAD was impressed at the group’s progression in the mushroom growing enterprise despite the calamity that had befallen them; they still managed to re-organise themselves and continue with their entrepreneurial activity.— NAIS