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Kabompo farmers call for private participation in agriculture

GREEN FARMERS are being encouraged to manage weeds in fields to encourage water retention and better soil quality.

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
SOME farmers in Kabompo district have called for enhanced private sector participation in agriculture if the sector is to fully develop.
According to the Zambia National Farmers Union Friday brief, increased private sector participation will help create market access for farmers to produce, as it is one of the major challenges affecting their businesses.
The statement says most farmers depend on Government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) for market access.
It says this has affected the development of the agriculture sector due to failure by FRA to pay farmers on time.
“Some farmers in Kabompo have called for enhanced private sector participation in agriculture…complaining that marketing of produce is a challenge, particularly the grain commodity, which is mainly grown in rural Zambia,” the statement says.
It says farmers need to find an alternative market and not depend on the FRA as it is not sustainable.
The statement says most farmers in the district should be innovative and not depend entirely on government programmes to improve their farming activities and income generation.
“Kabompo and the surrounding districts are so dependent on government programmes for both the supply of inputs and marketing of their products.
“This is a threat to the development of the agriculture sector,” the statement says.


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