Government charts way forward on maize production

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

THERE is need to address the mismatch regarding majority of small-scale farmers who have continued to produce a paltry 2.5 metric tonnes of maize per hectare against normal standards of eight tonnes, Minister of Technology and Science Felix Mutati has said.
Opening the Camco Agriculture College in Lusaka last week, Mr Mutati said the country will not achieve meaningful maize production if the majority of small-scale farmers are failing to produce eight metric tonnes per hectare.
He said the 2.5 metric tonnes production per hectare is worrying and called for an integrated approach to ensure that farmers come out of the current state and improve their productivity.
“Farmers should also ride on three pillars, include economic viability, social equity and environmental sustainability,” Mr Mutati said in a statement.
He urged the 30 students that have been enrolled as farm equipment technicians to use the training as a springboard to CLICK TO READ MORE

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