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ZSIC pays Mpika farmers

GREEN FARMERS are being encouraged to manage weeds in fields to encourage water retention and better soil quality.

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
ZSIC Limited has paid out about K73,000 in claims for farmers whose crops were adversely affected by the drought in the 2014/15 farming season in Mpika.
The affected farmers are under the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU)’s Lima Credit Scheme.
According to the ZNFU Friday weekly brief obtained by the Daily Mail on Monday, Mpika District Farmers’ Association (DFA) had reported crop failure to the union which brought about by drought.
“Farmers in Mpika whose crop were adversely affected by the drought in the 2014/15 farming season for the inputs they got under Lima Credit Scheme are happy with the insurance cover they got from ZSIC Limited.
“Mpika DFA had reported that 62 hectares were affected by drought and a total amount of K72, 981.26 has been paid out as claims to the affected farmers,” ZNFU says.
The union says the insurance cover will help build confidence among the affected farmers and encourage other small-scale farmers to insure their crops.
ZNFU says the credit scheme has enabled farmers improve and increase their productivity at household level.
Recently, ZSIC Limited paid about K3 million out of over K5 million estimated to be total claim payment after inspecting and evaluating affected farmer’s crops countrywide.
Meanwhile, Mount Meru Millers Zambia has expressed interest to cultivate 3,000 hectares of soybeans under the out-grow scheme in Serenje.
The company is expected to work with Serenje district agricultural office and ZNFU in actualising the programme.
Serenje district agricultural coordinator George Chisebuka said the company has formally approached the office to enhance crop diversification in the district through the scheme.

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