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Farmers to benefit from credit scheme

OVER 2,000 small-scale farmers in Chibombo district will benefit from the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Lima Credit Scheme during the 2014/2015 farming season.
ZNFU Central Region Coordinator, Josephat Phiri said ZNFU has increased the target of beneficiaries from 1,200 due to an overwhelming demand for ZNFU services by Chibombo farmers.
Mr Phiri said ZNFU Lima credit scheme is attracted by Chibombo district farmers association whose membership is drawn from 28 information centers in Chibombo, six information centers in Chisamba and one information Centre in Kapiri-Mposhi.
Mr Phiri was speaking at the fourth annual general meeting for Chibombo district farmers association at Keembe Farm Institute on Friday.
At the same function, Chibombo district Commissioner, Felix Mangwato commended ZNFU and ZANACO for supplementing Government efforts through the Lima Credit Scheme.
Mr Mangwato urged farmers in Chibombo to adopt crop diversification because it contributes positively towards increased crop production and productivity at household level.
Meanwhile, Chibombo district agriculture coordinator, Etambuyu Anamela has appealed to small-scale farmers in Chibombo to refrain from the culture of planting re-cycled seed.
Ms Anamela said some small-scale farmers in Chibombo are producing two metric tonnes per hectare due to failure to adopt improved crop management practices.
She has implored small-scale farmers in Chibombo to adopt sustainable methods of farming which include conservation farming and use of the recommended hybrid seed.

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