The Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry in Zambia, Hon. Chipoka Mulenga MP, officially flagged off a shipment of 30,000 metric tonnes of D-NPK Tobacco compound fertilizer destined for the Republic of Tanzania.
This follows the successful delivery of 15,000 metric tonnes of D-Compound fertilizer to the Republic of Botswana.
The ceremony, which took place this morning, highlighted the pivotal role played by United Capital Fertilizer (UCF) in Zambia’s fertilizer manufacturing sector.
Minister Mulenga emphasized the growth and progress the sector has achieved, attributing it to the commitment and contributions of entities like UCF.
“This auspicious event is a testament to how far the fertilizer manufacturing sector in Zambia has come, and particularly the role that United Capital Fertilizer continues to play in growing the manufacturing sector,” stated Hon. Mulenga.
The minister expressed the government’s ambition to not only achieve self-sufficiency in fertilizer production but also to contribute to the regional market. Zambia aims to supply neighboring countries that, like Zambia, prioritize agriculture as a key sector of their economies.
Speaking on the collaboration, His Excellency, General Mathew Mkingule, Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Zambia, highlighted the importance of intra-African trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
He mentioned that awarding United Capital Fertilizer Zambia Company Limited the contract to manufacture, supply, and deliver fertilizer for the 2023/24 farming season is a testament to the spirit of AfCFTA.
“In the spirit of the African Continental Free Trade Area, it is important that African countries trade among themselves before looking to other markets. That is the reason why the Tobacco Board of Tanzania awarded United Capital Fertilizer Zambia Company Limited a contract to manufacture, supply, and deliver fertilizer for the 2023/24 farming season,” noted General Mkingule.
This initiative not only strengthens economic ties between Zambia and Tanzania but also aligns with broader regional goals of fostering self-sufficiency and promoting trade among African nations.
The collaborative efforts in the agricultural sector are expected to contribute significantly to food security and economic development in the region.