MKUSHI-11-08-2014-ZANIS—Agro Companies in Mkushi District have recorded mixed fortunes in sales of Agro-inputs since the beginning of the year.
MRI’s Manager Steve Selemani, who revealed this in Mkushi District today said chemicals such as fungicides and herbicides had sold better this year compared to the 2012-2013 farming season.
Mr Selemani says that the sales pertaining to conservation farming tools had done fairly well in this period, while sales of maize seed had increased this year than last year.
He however admitted to a drop in sales of soya bean seed saying that this was due to Farmers opting to recycle the seed that they had used in the previous season.
And Zambian Fertilizers Manager Bosco Samangwe says that sales had been on the increase for merchandize such as vegetable mixer fertilizer.
Mr Samangwe in a separate interview noted that sales for Urea and D compound fertilizer had been overtaken by the demand from farmers.
He said that his Company was gratified to learn that merchandize such as crop specific fertilizers were recording steady progress this season amongst small scale farmers.
Issues pertaining to the sales outlook for Agro Companies attract much attention from Mkushi District Administration annually.