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    CIDP BUILDS CAPACITY IN JOURNALISTS-WESTERN PROVINCE

    | By Happy Mulolani |

    The Cashew Infrastructure Development Programme (CIDP) has equipped journalists under the National Agricultural Information Services (NAIS) in Western province with skills meant to create awareness on cashew production.

    Speaking at the official training of selected journalists in Senanga over the weekend (Saturday), Western Province Acting Provincial Agricultural Coordinator Charles Chijoka said that government through CIDP’s support has reaffirmed its committment to ensure that journalists are trained on the need to create awareness and visibility through the recently established website, which is intertwined with different online media platforms.

    Mr Chijoka, who is also Provincial Agricultural Information Officer, urged journalists to ensure they create awareness and visibility through the established website on cashew production through all the processes of cashew production.

    He further explained that the revival of cashew production in the province was an indication of government’s efforts of prioritizing the agriculture sector. Thus, the need for journalists to ensure they offer their expertise and skills gained during the training to ensure visibility of cashew production.

    “Once information is shared on the website and various online media platforms, it will encourage more farmers to embark on growing cashew as a cash crop which can improve food security and income,” said Mr Chijoka.

    Website Consultant Chibbonta Jule said journalists need to project activities on the website developed for the promotion of cashew activities, noting that the website is also an important repertoire for farmers and stakeholders to utilise.

    Mr Jule stated that the website which CIDP had facilitated to set-up was an ideal platform to stimulate interest among smallholder farmers and various stakeholders.

    CIDP has been working in 10 districts in Western province engaged in cashew production, since the project was launched in 2016, with support from the African Development Bank. The project is expected to assist revamping of cashew growing in the selected districts in Western province. It aims at reducing poverty levels through having an approach which promotes women inclusion and green growth in order to have a positive effect on the environment. The criteria used to resuscitate cashew production in the province was because of its terrain and being with less frost problems, high incidences of poverty, food insecurity and high malnutrition levels and vulnerability to environmental degradation.-NAIS

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