Farmers urged to take farming as a business
Siavonga, July 15, 2013, ZANIS — Farmers in Siavonga district have
been urged to take farming as a business and use it to transform their lives
for the better.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Siavonga today , Chief
Sinadambwe of the Tonga people said it was high time that people stopped
taking farming as a routine aimed at producing food for their
families but rather to earn money for supporting their lives.
" we are all aware that the country’s economy heavily relies on
agriculture and it is therefore important that as local farmers, we
take farming as business so as to ensure we progress as a country in
as far as for the economy is concerned," explained Chief Sinadambwe.
Meanwhile , the traditional leader said farmers in his chiefdom will not purchase fertilizer
for the 2013/2014 farming season because they do not have money.
" This year we are going to have a big problem even if the
fertilizer was going to be delivered to us because as farmers we have
no money to purchase the fertilizer. We are not selling anything to
the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) because of the crops which did not
do well , " he said.
The traditional leader however appealed to government to assist the
farmers in his chiefdom by giving them loans for fertilizer so that
they are able to plant for this season.
" Otherwise government can just loan us fertilizer and we can pay back
in 2014 after we sell our produce to FRA," he said.
And Chief Sinadambwe has called on government and well wishers to come
on board and give financial support towards the preparation of
the Lwiindi ceremony slated for 29th September this year.