Zambia Union of Finance and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) says there is need for Zambia to stop being dependent on Copper but to diversify into other sectors such as agriculture.

ZUFIAW President, Ackim Mweemba told ZANIS in an interview in Ndola today that copper is a wasting asset hence the need to diversify.

 Mr Mweemba explained that about 50 000 square metres of land is underutilised and that only 2000 square metres of that land is being used for farming in Zambia.

 He cited Nchelenge district in Luapula province as one such good example for palm oil production and that if palm oil trees were grown at full capacity, many people would be employed as it is labour intensive.

 He stated that in North western province, pineapple growing has been neglected while there is no need for the textile industry to be based in Kafue when cotton production is in Eastern province.

 Mr Mweemba noted that rice is grown in Western and Northern provinces, while Southern province is in beef production and that if government invested in all these sectors, the country will have economic growth.

 He explained that if government put in a deliberate policy to improve the agriculture sector by putting in place programmes that can help improve the sector it would go a long way in improving the living standards of many Zambians.