Choma, July 18, 2019, ZANIS ---  Performance Enhancement Programme two (PEP II) Programme Manager Andrew Chongwe says two million farmers in Zambia will benefit from the programme aimed at improving their livelihoods.

ZANIS reports that Mr Chongwe says the 10 million Euros project that will be implemented by the ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and Livestock will enhance better delivery of services to farmers.

“The 10 million Euro European Union funded project will target 2 million farmers by December in Zambia aimed at improving the livelihoods of the farmers,” he said.

He said this when he addressed a provincial management team during the Change Management Team Meeting for Southern Province held at Lusumpuko Conference room in Choma.

Mr Chongwe says the project will be piloted in Southern and Luapula Provinces before scaling up to the entire country.

The Performance Enhancement Programme two has three components namely:  strengthening institutional capacity, integration of nutrition, and monitoring and evaluation.

And Mr Chongwe stressed that the project that will wind up in June 2021 will procure Information Communication Technology equipment that include 1,585 tablets, power banks, solar chargers and lap tops for the members of staff.

And Southern Province Agricultural Coordinator Max Choombe said the purpose of the project is ensure quality and improved service delivery to the farming communities.

Dr Choombe noted that the project has will assist in providing robust nutrition training to the beneficiary farmers.

He stated that the project has also tremendously assisted Southern Province and will further assess capacity in managerial structure.

Dr Choombe explained that the objective of the meeting is to undertake a systematic diagnosis of the current situation in the ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and Livestock at provincial level to deliver their mandates as well as to sensitize the team on their roles in the managing of PEP II.