TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
OVER 60,000 smallholder farmers in Southern Province have benefitted from agricultural education provided under the BASF Zambia Limited supported Lima Chuma initiative in the past three years.
The initiative was launched in 2014 and is being implemented by Musika Development Initiative, Omnia Fertilisers, Pioneer DuPont Zambia and BASF.
BASF Zambia Limited managing director Eike Hupe, said the project is focused at smallholder farmers by providing them with agricultural tools such as basic farmer education, improved access to products, services and productivity enhancing technologies that has significantly improved their yields.
In an interview on Monday, Dr Hupe said promoting the effective delivery of integrated services to improve the productivity of farmers is vital in the country’s food security.
“The initiative has been very successful since we launched it three years ago; we have trained over 70 farmers in goat agriculture practice and use of chemicals, fertiliser and seed to increase their yields.
“In total, we have trained 60,000 smallholder farmers and we target to be training 20,000 farmers annually when the programme is extended to Eastern Province this year,” he said.