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COMACO Becomes First In Africa To Get International Certification For Organic Groundnuts

The Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has attained international organic certification for groundnuts grown by selected COMACO-supported farmers in Eastern Province.

These farmers grow groundnuts without chemicals and instead use natural and nature-based farming practices.

This international certification by ECOCERT, a company based in France, will see COMACO exporting groundnuts to the international market.

COMACO Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dale Lewis said that it is exciting for staff and farmers to become the first in Africa to get the certification which was done by dedicated field staff and support from GIZ.

“We believe there is an enormous future market waiting for our farmers if we can scale these efforts to include more farmers and other commodities” he said.

He further said that such an important by-product will reduce pressure on Zambian’s forests and healthier soils to sustain higher yields at reduced costs to the farmer.

Mr. Dale said  COMACO is committed to ensuring small-scale farmers receive top market value for their commitment to conservation and have more income and more food by adopting chemical-free organic farming practices.

Organic groundnuts are grown following strict rules that ensures that the crop is free from chemical contaminations as well as contamination from other crops.

A total of 650 farmers out of the registered 4,004 took part last season, with 50% being women.

This contained in press release availed to the media by COMACO Communications Outreach Specialist, Peter Frank Banda.

6 Comments

  1. Ephraim

    Good leader are keepping things moving smoothly bt i thakx u to be the fst to owned a certifkt wel done mr dale.remember to give us mo lons so we go up mo.

  2. Malizgani Nyirenda

    Give me bee hive

    • Carpenter

      Make your own lazy bum. Why do you want everything done for you???

  3. RAS

    Well done Mr Lewis and team, CONGRATULATIONS! .
    Being first in Africa is a great achievement.
    This is a sign of better things to come for Zambia. Hope you will spread to other provinces so as to engage more farmers.

  4. Musyani

    I thought groundnuts always need a new piece of land whenever you plant hence they have always been organic nor fertilizer,that’s how we used to grow them subsistence farming them the same portion of land the following year you do crop rotation maybe plant cassava or maize.but you need alot of land as you can’t grow groundnuts on the same land twice in a row.

  5. LOMBE .MULENGA

    THIS IS JUST TOO GOOD, I AM PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IT. GO ZAMBIA GO

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