SESHEKE District Senior Agricultural Officer Roy Monde has advised farmers to use correct methods of Conservation Agricultural (CA) for food security to be realised at household and national level.
Mr Monde said this during a Conservation Agriculture Scaling-Up (CASU) training targeted at equipping Camp Extension Officers in Sesheke recently.
During the training, it was established that some farmers only make lines using ordinary ploughs instead of rippers, which raised concerns.
“Farmers should be discouraged from using improvised methods when implementing CA. They should follow correct procedures to achieve best CA results, “said Mr. Monde.
He also revealed that the district will this year grow a large number of Feidherbia (Musangu) plants as demonstration to the farmers.
“The demonstration plots will be a learning point in order to encourage farmers to grow the plant and improve the soils for better yield,” he added.
And Mr. Monde expressed delight in the number of farmers that are taking up the practice of CA.
“I would say the rate of adoption of CA methods in Sesheke District is impressive, which is because of the method used in the CASU project of empowering lead farmers with inputs for demo fields, making it easier for them to train other farmers.”
He further revealed that Sesheke district has over 7,000 farmers and the project is targeting 4,560 follower farmers and 304 lead farmers.
The CASU project is a European Union and Food and Agriculture Organisation funded project through the Ministry of Agriculture and is being implemented in 31 districts in Zambia, which includes Sesheke district. -NAIS