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Atlas Farming could transform SADC agriculture landscape

Staff Writer
NDOLA: Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations look set to benefit from massive investments in the agriculture sector that have every potential to transform the region's agricultural landscape.

Atlas Farming, which had successful farming ventures in Zimbabwe from the late 1960s until president Robert Mugabe's much criticised land reforms around 2000, has partnered with Chayton Capital to invest in large-scale farming in Zambia.

Atlas Farming is buttressed by Chayton Capital's approximately 234 million of committed capital in Central and Eastern Europe .The joint venture has selected Zambia to kick-start investments in the agriculture sector in Africa due to, among other factors, political stability, diverse agronomic conditions and land reforms in 1995, which were ahead of South Africa and Zimbabwe .

To this end, government has finalised a land audit and reserved one million hectares for the development of farm blocks. Some experts have in fact

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postulated that investors would flock to Africa for its vast tracks of land to invest in the agriculture sector, which has high returns on investment and as a way of recovering from the effects of the global financial crisis.

The Atlas Farming / Chayton Capital joint venture would incorporate large-scale farming so that some staple food crops are exported to neighbouring countries. These include Angola , Botswana , the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi , Mozambique , Namibia,  Tanzania and Zimbabwe .

These foreign investors have decided to locate the venture in Mkushi in Central Province along the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), which was constructed by the Chinese in the 1970s.
(Sila Press Agency)



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