Heavy rains destroy crops in Lufwanyama
Ndola, Feb 10, 2015, ZANIS–Lufwanyama district is this year expected to produce a low crop yield due to heavy rains that have destroyed most of the fields.
ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner Alex Kalela has indicated that this year’s crop yield will not be as expected due to the heavy rains.
Mr. Kalela said the district had earlier projected to record a bumper harvest compared to the previous farming season but that regrettably the forecast for the 2015/2016 crop yield won’t be the case as the heavy rains have destroyed most of the fields.
He told ZANIS in an interview today that most of the fertilizer that was applied to the crop has been washed away and some crops uprooted due to heavy rains.
The District Commissioner added that because of the situation prevailing at the moment the crop is not coming up well as all the nutrients needed for its growth has also been washed away.
Mr. Kalela said it was also difficult for farmers to weed other crops such as groundnuts as they are covered in water due to continuous rains.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kalela has noted that the rains have not only affected the fields in the district but that some of the infrastructure has been damaged and roofs blown off.