UNDP constructs a bulking centre in Kazungula

 A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has constructed a bulking centre in Kazungula at a total cost of 131,000 United States Dollars.

Kazungula Senior Agricultural Officer Thundu Kaonga says the bulking centre to easy the marketing of farmers produce is at more than 95 per centre complete.

Mr. Kaonga says the project is under  the Strengthening Climate Resilience in Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-ecological regions I and II (SCRALA).

“ The bulking aimed at empowering the rural communities economically is run by the Kabuyu Bulking Centre Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Kazungula district, “ he said.

The Cooperative has signed a contract with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to supply 10 metric tonnes of cowpea at a price of K18,000 per metric tonnes.

The farmers are already generating income even before the bulking centre is complete and before the end of 2022 the bulking centre will be a milestone to continue bulking grains that are resilient.

Mr. Kaonga stressed the need for the cooperative to further do processing at the bulking centre to add value to their produce.