Kasama in agricultural mechanisation services

MUSIKA and a Northern Province agricultural company Deco Agro Limited, have launched farming mechanisation services in Kasama to enhance productivity among smallholder growers.
Musika managing director Ruben Banda said the initiative, which is being piloted in the area aims at testing and demonstrating the financial viability of providing mechanised services.
Mr Banda said this when Musika and Deco Agro Limited of Kasama, which supplies machinery and inputs, handed over a tractor and other agricultural equipment worth US$26,000 (about K260,000), which will be hired by farmers to enhance productivity.
The initiative will also enable farmers buy tractors and other agricultural equipment and products, which will enable them improve yields.
“We want to promote the use of mechanised services unlike the current trend where farmers use traditional hand tools to prepare and till the land…We want to test the viability of the project in the province, where key farm operations are carried out by hand and animal draft power,” he said.
Mr Banda said creating an environment where farmers have confidence and knowledge to venture in mechanised agriculture through advanced technologies will go a long way in increasing household incomes.
This will further result in the reduction of poverty among smallholder farmers.
He also said the company recently rolled out the initiative in Mpongwe and Lufwanyama.
At the same occasion, Deco Agro Limited director David Mbewe said the company will provide extension service support, technical information and product knowledge to farmers through its existing network in Mbala, Kasama and Luwingu.

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