NEWLY appointed Sudanese ambassador to Zambia Hussein Ali has pledged to work with the Zambian Government in the agriculture sector among other sectors of the economy using the vast experience his country has attained over the years.
Speaking when submitting credentials to COMESA as Sudanese Republic permanent representative to the region, Mr Ali said Sudan has vast experience in the agriculture sector which his country was willing to share as well as the knowledge and experience it had used to grow its economy.
“Zambia is my second country; I have full instruction from my president to cooperate in all fields. Sudan has abundant agricultural equipment needed in all sectors of the economy, and will engage Zambians to carry out works in the agriculture sector and share the products.
“My mission is to work with the Zambian Government; we have experience in multi-agriculture and so Sudan is ready to provide Zambia necessary tools in the agriculture sector – irrigation, fertiliser and livestock industry,” he said.
Mr Ali said there was need to work with the Zambian Government in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
He also said his country would dedicate itself in providing support needed to the COMESA region.
Meanwhile, COMESA secretary general Sindiso Ngwenya commended the Republic of Sudan for its agriculture development.
Mr Ngwenya said Sudan was the only state in COMESA to have commercialised the Bt-cotton technology since 2012 with over 100,000 acres currently under cultivation.
Bt cotton is a genetically modified organism (GMO) cotton variety, which produces an insecticide to bollworm.
“Bt-cotton is very important because of the high incomes that are four times higher than the conventional cotton which is prone to attacks by bollworms with reduced costs of pesticides,” he said.
He also said COMESA expected Sudanese contribution in promoting the regional intra-trade and hence advance regional integration agenda.