Musika and ZEMA partnership to enhance environmental stewardship among smallholders

ZEMA HandoverMusika has handed over a motor vehicle and laptop to Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to accelerate the implementation of the Agro-dealer Safety and Certification project.

The handover ceremony was held today, Monday 22nd December 2014, at ZEMA head office in Lusaka.

The main objective of the Musika supported project is to equip agro-dealers with

information on agro-chemical knowledge and safe handling practices.

ZEMA Director General, Joseph Sakala, observed that the agrochemical industry in Zambia had continued to grow as evidenced by the number of licenses for importation, distribution, storage, pest control and fumigation issued by ZEMA.

"This year 2014, ZEMA has issued over 2,000 licenses for importation of chemicals," he said.

Sakala explained that it was ZEMA's responsibility to ensure sound management of chemicals through their life cycle and the exchange of environmental information with stakeholders such as civil society organisations, as stipulated under the Environmental Management Act of 2011.

"This project vehicle and laptop will go a long way in facilitation and implementation of the project activities thanks to the financial and logistical support from Musika," he said.

Musika Managing Director, Reuben Banda, reiterated the organisation's commitment to supporting interventions by private sector suppliers of agrochemicals and other stakeholders like ZEMA that assist in reducing or eliminating the impact of agrochemicals on the environment by creating awareness of their safe use and disposal, among smallholders.