Lands Minister Jean Kapata has urged professionals in the country to take up President Edgar Lungu’s challenge to join cooperatives in order to drift from salary dependency.
Ms. Kapata says President Lungu is interested in seeing professionals in various fields engage in productive activities in sectors beyond their original training.
She says professionals who are financially sound tend to perform better than those who may be struggling with one income.
Ms. Kapata was speaking when she officially launched the Zambia Nurses and Midwives Multipurpose Cooperative Society, which will create a platform for nurses to participate in agriculture, mining and other key economic sectors.
The Minister however warned that forming successful cooperatives will require a mindset change among Zambians and hard work.
She challenged the nurses and midwives to ensure the cooperative spreads to remote areas of the country.