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ZNFU to buy video equipment for farmer sensitisation

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ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) is in the process of acquiring five outside broadcasting video equipment for small scale farmers’ extension services in Eastern Province to promote agriculture literacy among farmers in the area.
The equipment will be bought with the help of the German Federal Enterprise for International Co-operation, GIZ, to support smallholder farming enterprise in the area and increase income and food security.
ZNFU chief executive director Ndambo Ndambo said the gradual mechanisation of farming in the world has led to the development and adaptation of innovative ways to achieve growth in the agriculture sector.
This is contained in a statement availed to the Daily Mail by ZNFU media liaison officer Kingsley Kaswende recently.
“The initiative focus will mainly be in Eastern Province and the idea is that wherever ZNFU will be, it will be able to carry such equipment and be able to broadcast the videos to farmers.
“So we are excited that as soon as we start these broadcasts, our small-scale farmers to acquire knowledge on the latest trends in the sector. We have not really put a figure to it [like how much the equipment will cost] but, it is one of our proposals to acquire these for extension officers in rural areas,” Mr Ndambo.
He said ZNFU is optimistic that the initiative will increase productivity, capacity development and delivery of agricultural training to many small scale farmers.
Meanwhile, the Agribusiness Systems International in Nyimba has conducted Post-Harvest Handling training for stakeholders such as ZNFU who are working with farmers in the district.
The aim of the training was to impart stakeholders with knowledge and skills in management and handling of crop losses that occur during harvesting through to marketing.

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