OVER USD $55,000 worth of Zambian handicrafts  have been exported to Australia, South Africa and the United States of America (USA) facilitated by the Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ).

PEPZ Craft Scale-Up Manager Janet Fredman says the handicrafts which were exported between last year and this year, include baskets, wood carvings, jewelry and home decor, among others.

She says the crafts are breaking into the USA and other international markets due to a new high value export order facilitated by the organisation.

Fredman however says there is need to increase quantity and quality to meet the international standards.

She says to scale up the development of the sector there is need to adopt the right approach tof forster market development.

“International buyers have expressed interest in sourcing Zambian craft products but there are challenges in ensuring that the producers can effectively meet potential market demands in terms of volume, quality and consistency of competitive prices,” she says in responding to a press query sent to her by the Zambia Daily Mail.

She sya in order to meet demand there is need to engage with a number of international buyers to demonstrate how the local industry is being supported and coordinated.

Fredman says supporting producer groups to immediately and effectively respond t buyer demands in terms of volume, quality and consistent is critical.

She adds that the Zambian craft sector has been steadily growing over the years.

Fredman says the growth of the sector has the potential to provide numerous opportunities such as jobs, improving livelihoods of artisans and communities.


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