Zambia science ‘gurus’ land in Berlin
…for important discussions on agric and live-stock
A team of respected Zambian scientists led by the chair of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Dr Henry Musenge have arrived in Berlin for crucial talks around the issue of agriculture and livestock development in Zambia in collaboration with Germany.
During a courtesy call at the embassy of Zambia on Axel Springer Strasse Monday, Dr Musenge, a respected academic leading a five-man team said NSTC is, “collaborating with Germany, Malawi, South Africa and Mozambique,” to find ways of escalating agriculture and live stock growth in the respective countries.
This follows a meeting the above-named countries participated in last year in Bonn, Germany and an earlier meeting in Livingstone, Zambia.
This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary Press at the embassy of Zambia in Berlin after Dr Musenge’s team met with German Ambassador to Zambia H.E Anthony Mukwita.
The entourage is seeking further funding for various proposals it was asked to make by its German counterparts.
“We are now at the stage of undertaking the final joint review which is the reason for coming to Germany today,” said Dr Musenge, “the joint review panel meeting will make a decision and successful proposals will be co-financed.”
Dr Musenge said the mentioned fields of agriculture and live stock were already being funded by the Strategic Research Fund (SRF) managed by the NSTC.
Dr Musenge told Ambassador Mukwita that his team would win the German funding it seeks. “It was important to note that President Edgar Lungu attaches great importance to agriculture and live stock hence his government’s decision to spilt the two into separate ministries in order to boost growth,” the Zambian envoy observed.
Ambassador Mukwita expressed gratitude that the high-level team took time to visit the embassy saying, “It is our duty to welcome well-meaning and progressive Zambians whenever they seek an audience with us as a mission. We wish you success.”
The team is expected to return to Zambia at the end of this week.
The names of the rest of the team are: Dr Alfred Suman Dr John S. Kachimba, Dr Henry Musenge, Mr. Filipo Zulu and Ms. Astridah Mulonga.
Ambassador Mukwita was flanked by Ms. Irene Mulonda, the embassy Counsellor. On the sidelines of the courtesy, Dr Musenge used the opportunity to present Ambassador Mukwita a gift of two of the books he has published entitled Changing Shadows and Flames of Gondola, as Ambassador Mukwita, a published author himself, autographed his debut book on President Lungu for the academic. The best selling Zambian book is entitled Against all Odds Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu’s Rough Journey to State House.