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3,500 farmers trained in ICTs

MAJORITY of Zambian farmers, particularly small-scale farmers, have very low levels of mechanisation and usually depend on hand tools and rudimentary implements for cultivation.

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
ABOUT 3,500 smallholder farmers have been trained in new technology and knowledge which will lead to increased yields in maize, soya beans and vegetables countrywide, Syngenta Zambia has said.

Currently, the company has established and trained 150 community agro-dealers who will in turn provide the skills to farmers in remote areas.

This is contained in a case study conducted by Syngenta Zambia dubbed ‘The 5A Model to deliver sustainable growth for smallholders’.
The model includes awareness, access, availability, affordability and aggregation.
“In Zambia, Syngenta is working to provide farmers in remote locations with last-mile access to inputs, which is reaching farmers with appropriate and timely advice and enabling them to access various products they require,” the report reads.

 

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