A local trade and investment firm, Project Innovation Centre (PIC) Limited Company has revealed that it has recruitment of over 700 farmers for production of sunflower and pumpkins in the country.
The farmers are expected to produce one million kilogrammes of each of the crops for production of cooking oil at its newly established factory at Zalewa in Neno District.
The company has also recruited 78 graduate interns in various departments at its factory and farms across the country.
PIC Chief Executive Officer, Kondwani Ngwira, said the company is empowering local farmers by supporting them with inputs such a fertiliser and seeds where necessary for production and recover during harvest sales.
“Among the newly recruited graduates some are extension workers from Luanar that have been posted in all farms to provide extension service and guidance on production. We want to see sunflower and pumpkins going commercial and provide an alternative to tobacco.
“We are only giving contracts to young farmers below the age of 35. Both the interns and farmers will be mentored in financial literacy as an ongoing project helping them understand money handling,” Ngwira said.
This is coming at a time the government is rolling out an initiative aimed at creating one million jobs within a year to reduce unemployment levels prevailing in the country.