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400 groundnut farmers to benefit from scheme

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
OVER 400 farmers are expected to benefit from the Nyimba District Farmers Association (DFA) out-grower scheme aimed at encouraging farmers to grow improved groundnut seed varieties to enhance high productivity.
The scheme is being run under the oil processing project being implemented by Nyimba DFA.
“A total of 472 farmers in Nyimba district have been earmarked to participate in a groundnuts out-grower scheme,” indicated the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Friday brief availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
The union says Nyimba DFA, in partnership with the Agribusiness Systems International (ASI), has also trained 6,080 farmers in soya beans and groundnuts production in an effort to improve the livelihood and income levels for women farmers.
Meanwhile, the distribution of farmer input support programme (FISP) electronic-voucher has gone well with over 75 percent of the cards already issued to beneficiary farmers in Mumbwa.
Over 12,000 cards have been issued to the beneficiaries against the targeted 16,239 as the exercise continues.
However, the exercise has faced a minor challenge in one agriculture camp in the district, where a few farmers could not collect their cards due to some unexplained religious conviction.
In Kaoma, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) trained several refugees in Mayukwayukwa refugee camp in conservation farming to help them increase their productivity.
The union says UNHCR has also identified two farmers who got tractors under the ZNFU/National Savings and Credit Bank Bunjimi Asset Plus loan facility to provide ripping services to other farmers.


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