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New seed initiative to expose farmers to agri-tech – Musika

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
MUSIKA, a Zambian agro-company, says the implementation of the Zambia Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Programme (ZAMSAP) will expose small-holder farmers to appropriate agricultural technologies.
This initiative is expected to enhance productivity of small-holder farmers.
Musika managing director Reuben Banda said the launched ZAMSAP will help address of many factors responsible for low smallholder productivity such as lack of affordable and productivity-enhancing input technologies.
Dupont Pioneer recently launched ZAMSAP in partnership with Government and Musika aimed at providing small-holder farmers with inputs, training and market linkages to increase their harvest and household income.
“…Fortunately, we are increasingly seeing companies making strides to meet the input and information demands of the small-holder market…Traditionally, the small-holder market is highly scattered with low spending power,” he said.
Mr Banda said Musika is working to stimulate and support private sector investments in the small-holder market by assisting in reducing the early stage risks of investment for firms.
He said as a result of the organisation’s effort, the perception by the private sector that the small-holder market offers very little opportunity for business growth is slowly changing.
“Over the years, we have seen more firms expanding their operations in remote and commercially difficult areas and offering value addition services such as extension services so that the relationships become more sustainable,” he said.
Mr Banda, however, said there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that every farmer actively contributes to the growth of Zambia’s agricultural economy and also benefits from it.
Currently, Musika is working with over 60 private sector partners that are doing business with small-holder farmers as their suppliers, customers and clients.

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