Agriculture Minister MICHAEL KATAMBO has urged farmers engaged in the Zampalm out-grower scheme in Kanchibiya District in Muchonga Province to exercise patience in the production of Palm trees.
Mr KATAMBO this is because the raising seedlings takes about two years, and that the palm tree starts bearing fruits three after planting, making it five years before farmers start benefiting.
Mr KATAMBO has further advised farmers to practice intercropping by planting other crops in the palm oil plantations, which will give them income as they wait for palm trees to start bearing fruits.
And Kanchibiya Constituency Member of Parliament Dr. MARTIN MALAMA says the Palm Oil out-grower system will transform the economic outlook of Kanchibiya District.
Dr MALAMA observes that the project will not only benefit Kanchibiya district but also many other districts in Muchinga and Northern Provinces