Small scale farmers urged to graduate
Kawambwa, Aug 8, 2014, ZANIS–Kawambwa District Commissioner Ivo Mpasa has implored small scale farmers in the area to aspire to graduate from receiving government subsidized inputs.
Mr Mpasa has told the farmers that they should aspire to become commercial farmers by weaning themselves off the Fertilizer Input Support Programme (FISP) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
He made the call in Kawambwa when he officially opened the Annual General Meeting for the Kawambwa district Small Scale Farmers Association (KDSSFA) held at Mumpisa village yesterday.
Mr Mpasa said it was surprising to find that many farmers in the district have continued to be small scale farmers for a long time now adding that they should instead work hard to graduate from this level and become commercial farmers.
He has also urged the farmers to engage themselves into livestock farming which he observed does not lose market as well as diversifying into other cash crops apart from maize.
The DC pointed out that crops such as soya beans, Irish potatoes among others can give farmers good money.
Mr Mpasa however encouraged the farmers to work with the government to design interventions that will result in a desirable impact in the district.
He further advised farmers to report organizations in the area claiming to be affiliates of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and are stealing money from unsuspecting people.