Zambian AGR invests $81m in agricultural funding

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One of Zambia’s largest input suppliers, African Green Resources (AGR) has launched an $81 million agricultural financing programme in which the company and its partners will provide farm supplies and technology to farmers in exchange for grain.

According to AGR chairman, Zuneid Yousuf, he said: As part of broader plans by AGR to invest $150 million in Zambia for projects including a 50 megawatt solar farm and irrigation dam, AGR will target 120 commercial farmers and 250,000 small and middle farmers with the new programme to boost food security in Zambia and the surrounding region,.

It would cover 60,000 tonnes of fertiliser for wheat and soya farming – worth $55 million – and $26 million for projects such as the expansion of grain storage silos. It would be financed through regional and global banks, with the money repaid from the produce the programme yields.

Yousuf added that, “We expect to receive 44,000 tonnes of wheat per season,” Yousuf said, some of which will be processed before being sold on local and international markets.

“We will repay the loan from sales of wheat flour, soya processing plant products and silo revenue.”

Some of the money is also guaranteed by the African Development Bank, the African Union, Sace Italy and Agriculture Grain International. The farmers, meanwhile, would benefit from the ability to grow their businesses with the help of access to markets and credit finance.

Additionally, World Food Programme (WFP) declares that 45 million people in 16 nations in southern Africa face growing hunger after repeated drought, low yields, widespread flooding and sluggish economic growth.

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