|Zim to host Africa dairy farmers’ congress|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:15|
ZIMBABWE will next year host the ninth Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association conference and exhibition which is set to attract more than 300 delegates from 40 countries.
Esada chairperson Dr Kipkirui Arap Langa’at said this while addressing the National Association of Dairy Farmers’ annual general meeting in the capital.
Specific Esada objectives include actively lobbying for an improved policy environment conducive to regional and international trade with the new association already working with Comesa on the regional dairy policy agenda.
“Dairy has the capacity to increase economic growth and create job opportunities using existing natural resources and linkages through the value chain of the industry.
“This will expose African dairy practitioners and suppliers to new technologies and ideas for enhanced competitiveness,” Dr Langa’at said.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development head of dairy services Mr Tendai Marecha welcomed the development saying it would be an opportunity to tell the true Zimbabwean story.
“This will provide a window for us to shine as a nation and simultaneously to market, not only our industry, but our country at large. We believe this event will, in its small way, help to clear some of the numerous negative perceptions often peddled by some regional and international media,” he said. — New Ziana.