Egyptian Agriculture Minister Ezzeddin Abu Steit, currently visiting Lusaka, signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new joint farm specializing in greenhouse vegetable production in Zambia. The farm, to stretch over an area of 600 hectares, will be built in Mkushi district following the success of the first indoor farm in Mubashi district.
In a statement on Monday, the Agriculture Ministry said the Minister started his maiden visit to Zambia with a meeting with Zambian Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo, Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo and Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Kampamba Mulenga on promoting bilateral cooperation in the agriculture field.
During his visit, Abu Steit opened the first greenhouse for growing cross-pollinated vegetable seedlings in Zambia, the minister said. He further underlined that agricultural extension fields are currently under-construction to offer technical advice on agriculture to farmers and supply them with seedlings.
Egypttoday.com reports how the minister's visit falls within the framework of the political leadership's keenness on consolidating Egyptian-African ties and Egypt's leading role in Africa.