The Policy Monitoring and Research Center has urged government to continue providing a conducive environment for increased private sector investment within the agriculture sector.
Bernadette Zulu, the PMRC Executive Director says there is also need for increased funding towards research and development as well as extension services, to enable the country score in all the indicators of the Enabling Business of Agriculture report 2019. Mrs Zulu says the improvement in plant protection is essential as the country grapples with the effects of climate change which has brought about new pests and insects that are destroying crops.
She says this call for increased funding towards research and development in the agriculture sector which will allow research institutions to carry out research and experiments in a timely manner.
Mrs Zulu said the aspect of food trading is important as the country strives to grow the contribution of the sector to the nations’ Gross Domestic Product.