Luangeni MP urges farmers to diversify

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Luangeni MP urges farmers to diversify

Chipata, June 10,2013, ZANIS… Luangeni independent Member of Parliament Charles

Zulu has advised farmers to diversify into off season business ventures.


Mr Zulu , who also energy and water development deputy minister said this will help

the farmers improve their financial base and uplift their living standards at household level.


Mr Zulu said farmers should diversify their agricultural and

commercial activities by investing the money realized from the sell of

off season produce such as vegetable gardening, poultry and other businesses.


He was speaking at the official opening of the eastern block

agricultural show held at Makwe basic cchool grounds in Paramount

Chief Mpezeni’s area in Chipata over the weekend.


Mr Zulu further called on farmers to exercise patience by selling their maize

to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) at a government recommended rate of



He said there was no need for farmers to sell their produce to

unscrupulous traders whose interest was to make huge profits at the

expense of the farmers.

Mr Zulu also advised farmers to protect their animals from disease by

Seeking advice from veterinary officers on vaccination and dipping methods


The area MP further implored farmers, women clubs, cooperatives and

individuals to access money from the Citizen Economic Empowerment

Commission (CEEC) in order to improve their businesses.


The show was held under the theme “Business in a changing environment”