—Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu, says government has given priority to sustainable agriculture by creating an enabling environment for agro companies to
invest in the country.
Mr Zulu said provision of quality seed is paramount to grow the farming industry in the country hence the encouragement for seed companies to invest in the country to provide quality seed varieties to the farming community.
This is contained in a speech read on his behalf by Acting Chipata District Agricultural Coordinator, Alfonso Kahalawe, at the launch of a seed container at Chiparamba Sub-centre in Chiparamba ward in Kasenengwa Constituency yesterday.
Mr Zulu stated that the initiative by Seed Co Zambia to sell seed within reach to farmers will assist them to improve food security as they will cut on costs incurred when travelling to get the seeds and other farming input from town.
“We further implore you to use good farm management practices to enhance your productivity if you are to be relevant to food security at household level,” he added.
Mr Zulu noted that farmers should use conservation farming methods which are cost effective and not labour intensive to maximize their yields.
And Seed Co Zambia Regional Manager, Sam Nyauka, urged the farmers to purchase the seed from the container to cut on costs.
Mr Nyauka urged the farmers to prepare the land in time and follow guidelines taught by extension workers from the Minsirty of Agriculture and Seed co if they are to have good yields which will
eventually assist them improve food security.
Meanwhile, a farmer has praised Seed Co for taking services closer to the people, saying the move will help them prepare their field on time and cut on costs.
Admson Sakala noted that the move will enable farmers to buy good seed because what forced the farmers to use recycled seed were costs incurred to acquire the seed from Chipata town.
He stated that farmers used to get seed from their granaries for fear of costs incurred to purchase the farming inputs from town.
Other commodities to be sold from the containers are soya beans, groundnuts, sorghum and fertilizer.