Chilubi district faces crop reduction

CHILUBI district anticipates a marginal reduction in most crops due to poor rainfall as a result of climate change, a senior civic leader has said.
The reduction is expected in maize, cassava and rice, while groundnuts and beans output is likely to increase.
Chilubi district commissioner Boniface Kamanda said despite the reduction in some crop yields, the district is foods’ secure.
Mr Kamanda said the maize yields are projected at 4,662 tonnes in the 2014/15 marketing season from 5,673 tonnes from the previous period, and cassava crop is estimated to reduce by 1,276 tonnes to 5,614 tonnes.
“As you may be aware, some areas experienced low rainfall but the district is food secure as staple foods [maize and cassava] output has not been drastically affected,” he said.
Rice output is also projected to decline to 120.55 tonnes from 260 tonnes, with groundnuts expected to increase to 640.4 tonnes from 520 tonnes, and beans is estimated to go up to 195 tonnes from 133 tonnes.
He also said construction of a K500,000 storage shed at Mofu in Chilubi mainland has started to enhance storage capacity.
“Government has already released K110,000 and construction of the storage shed is almost 45 percent complete,” Mr Kamanda said.
On the Farmer Input Support programme (FISP), he said Chilubi is expected to receive 3,065 tonnes of maize, 700 and 70 tonnes for rice and groundnuts seeds, respectively, for the 2015/16 farming season.
He is optimistic that the consignment for farm inputs will arrive in good time for distribution to the beneficiaries.

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