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Zambia Profit+ partners with CBNA to grow red onions

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Profit+ has partnered with Cross Border Network Africa (CBNA) to promote the growing of red onions among smallholder farmers to reduce the import of the crop into the country.
Under the programme, 150,000 tonnes of red onion will be harvested from 1,000 out-grower farmers in Lundazi.
CBNA chairman general Bernard Sikunyongana said the organisation has already implemented the first phase in Lundazi and it has spread to Katete, Chisamba, Kafue, and Chibombo.
“This project is going countrywide. We intend to increase the numbers from 1,000 in the first phase to 5,300 farmers in the next phase so that we can meet the demand for this product [red onion],” Mr Sikunyongana said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
He said CBNA provides each farmer with two 50-kilogramme bags of urea and D compound fertiliser and two 100 grammes tins of red onion seed, and buy the produce upon harvest.
He also said through the project, the organisation will be able to supply the country with red onion and have surplus for export.
Commenting on the development, Kelvin Chirwa, a successful CBNA-assisted out-grower farmer, said with the knowledge acquired from the programme on cultivation of onion, other farmers have learnt from him.
“I was able to impart proficiency in growing onion which I learnt from PROFIT+ Community Agro Dealers to other farmers in my area,” he said.
PROFIT+ is part of President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative to fight global hunger and increase food security while CBNA advocates for trade in the Southern African Development Community.

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