AFAP's Transport Cost Rebate Project Launched in Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia – On January 11, 2024, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) achieved a significant milestone with the launch of the Transport Cost Rebate project. This event was hosted by Gene Phiri, AFAP’s Country Manager in Lusaka, who brought together key stakeholders from various sectors, including government, international partners, suppliers, agro-dealers, and farmer cooperatives.
“Today, we embark on a journey that holds the promise of transforming agriculture in Zambia. The AFAP Transport Cost Rebate project is a beacon of hope for our farmers,” said Peter Zulu, Director of Agribusiness at the Ministry of Agriculture, during his opening speech.
Representatives from USAID, the project’s funders, were also in attendance.
“In unity lies strength. Let this project be a testament to the power of partnerships in driving agricultural development and ensuring food security in Zambia,” stated Robin Sharma, Deputy Mission Director at USAID.
Fertilizer manufacturers also expressed their views on the project’s potential to improve the lives of farmers in the country.
“The Transport Cost Rebate project has the potential to revolutionize the way we distribute fertilizers, making them more accessible and affordable for our farmers,” remarked Nick Gianakis, Country Manager for IRM.
“Our commitment to this project is unwavering. Together, we will make fertilizers more accessible, empowering Zambian farmers to thrive,” added Sereeta Chitengi, General Manager of YARA Zambia, reinforcing her support for the Transport Cost Rebate project.
In a united front representing agro-dealers, a representative from Judo General Dealer delivered an impassioned speech, expressing the collective enthusiasm and dedication of agro-dealers to ensure the project’s success.
The Transport Cost Rebate project aims to reduce the cost of transporting fertilizers to remote and underserved areas, thus improving farmers’ access to these essential inputs. This initiative aligns with AFAP’s broader mission to promote sustainable agriculture and enhance food security across Africa.