Ease of doing business affects most farmers in Mkushi District
MKUSHI—20—06—2013—ZANIS—The District Agriculture Coordination Office (DACO) in Mkushi has singled out the ease of doing business in the area as the major challenge facing farmers in the District.
And Mkushi Community Radio Station Manager Boniface Susa bemoaned the poor advertising turnover that Station had been experiencing since its inception 7 years ago.
Mkushi’s Acting District Agriculture Coordination Officer (DACO) Patrick Mutale says was evidenced amongst Cooperatives and Individual Exhibitors who participated in the Agriculture Block Shows that were held during the Month.
Mr. Mutale elaborated that the Theme for these Block Shows read as ‘Doing Business in a changing Environment’.
ZANIS reports that the Mkushi’s Acting District Agriculture Coordination Officer (DACO)said this in an interview in the District today.
He said that the Exhibitors perceived the concept of this Theme from the aspect that related to Climate Change effects such as variations in the rain pattern.
He said that the majority felt that they were in tandem with this Theme as they admitted to having converted to employing Conservation Farming methods as a coping strategy against the effects of Climate Change.
And in a related contribution, Mkushi Community Radio Station Manager Boniface Susa bemoaned the poor advertising turnover that Station had been experiencing since its inception 7 years ago.
Mr. Susa said that Radio Station had been experiencing poor revenue from advertising sales, explaining that the support from the small scale business fraternity was very low.
He disclosed that on average, the Station received less than 5 advertising clients Monthly, adding that these were mainly large to medium scale entities that were not resident in the District.
Mr. Susa said that he was hopeful of increased support for the Radio Station from the Business Community, saying that the advertising rates that are charged by this Station were very low.