CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa
KAWAMBWA district is expected to harvest over 20,000 metric tonnes of maize from the 2016/2017 farming season.
District agriculture co-ordinator Davis Mwansasu said according to the Central Statistical Office (CSO) crop forecast, Kawambwa is expected to record the highest maize harvest in Luapula Province.
Mr Mwansasu also said the maize purchasing exercise by the Food Reserve Agency is yet to start because of the high moisture content of maize which is currently at 15.6 percent.
He said this when he presented a report of the sub-committee on agriculture, environment and natural resources to the second quarter district development co-ordination committee meeting here recently.
“According to the CSO crop forecast, we are going to have the highest maize harvest in the province,” he said.
Mr Mwansasu, however, said only 10 satellite depots will operate in the district this year as opposed to 16 depots last crop marketing season.
He also said Grow Africa has launched a cassava purchasing programme in Kawambwa district and is targeting to buy 2, 000 metric tonnes of the crop this year.
And Mr Mwansasu said Chishinga Livestock Breeding Centre has been selected as the place for exporting goats and sheep to Saudi Arabia.
He said the centre will cater for Muchinga, Northern and Luapula provinces.
And Mr Mwansasu said Government has started the process of offloading cattle at Chishinga Livestock Breeding Centre and that so far, there are 46 bulls there