ZNFU calls on farmers to prepare early

FARMERS in a maize field.

THE Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has called on farmers to prepare land early to reap the benefits of normal rains expected in the 2016/17 season.
Last week, the Zambia Meteorological Department, which launched the 2016/17 rainfall forecast and enhanced national climate services platform, predicted that the country would record normal to above normal rainfall.
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday, ZNFU media liaison officer Kingsley Kaswende said coming from a background of poor rains over the last farming seasons, the development is encouraging, hence the need for farmers to adequately prepare for the farming season.
“Farmers are happy with the news, as rainfall will speed up the re-generation of pasture and possibly lead to above-average crop production.
“Farmers, therefore, need to plan ahead with the information they have from the Meteorological Department,” Mr Kaswende said.
He also said early distribution of farming inputs will also enable farmers fully benefit from the good rainfall pattern projected.
Mr Kaswende, however, said above-normal rains pose a risk for floods and damage to agricultural activities.
He said if excessive, rains could increase the risk of flooding, which could wash away seeds, damage standing crops, and increase livestock morbidity and mortality.

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