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Farming God’s way in N/Province

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by ZAMBEEF General Manager Retailing Felix Lupindula (left) and Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president Jervis Zimba (second from right) during the launch of the harvest of Winter Maize at ZAMBEEF Farm in Sinazongwe,Southern Province on Friday,October 4,2019. ZAMBEEF is harvesting 6,000 metric tonnes planted on 600 hectare piece of land. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2019

FRANCIS LUNGU, Lusaka
FOR two years now, Chomba Chipupila has been doing a type of conservation farming the locals have named “farming the God’s way”, in the Northern Province of Zambia.
This kind of farming focuses on the preservation of the environment through climate change resilient methods which do not degrade nor adulterate the land.
Mr Chipupila is one of the farmers advocating for an environmentally friendly kind of farming that maximises land use by producing a bigger harvest on land which would produce fewer crops under conventional farming.
While farmers across the country are grappling with the effects of climate change that have brought about a variation in rainfall patterns, Mr Chipupila is leading the way in adapting to new approaches of farming.
For instance, in the 2019 marketing season, he produced 260 50kg bags of maize from a hectare of land, compared to around 60 bags he had harvested from the same portion of land two years ago.
Mr Chipupila also cultivated groundnuts in a field of about 36 metres x 20 metres from which he harvested about 12 bags of shelled groundnuts, double what he harvested previously. CLICK TO READ MORE

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