By Lawrence Kabutu
THE Ministry of Agriculture in Southern Province has expressed happiness with crop field varieties supplied in the province for 2020/2021 season that are responsive to climate change.
Southern Province Agricultural Coordinator Dr. Max CHOOMBE says varieties such as Seed-CO 419 and Seed-Co303 are responsive to climate change especially to Southern and Western Provinces as the two provinces at times receive insufficient rainfall.
Dr. CHOOMBE was speaking during a media engagement workshop held at Crossroads lodge in Livingstone.
He said the maize crop varieties are very early and utra early maturing which can reach maturity within 125 days and produce 12 metric tonnes yield potential.
Dr. CHOOMBE noted that farmers should adopt crop varieties that are responsive to climate change adding that farmers have been supported in crop diversification by supplying various field crop and vegetable seed.
He further called for collaborative effort with various media outlets in fighting poverty by engaging rural farming communities in diverse agriculture technologies.
Dr. CHOOMBE urged the media to send out messages to farmers of good agricultural practices that the farmer should practice for them to have high productivity and production.
He explained that the media is an important tool in information dissemination urging the various media outlets that attended the workshop organised by SEED-CO to disseminate agriculture information at the right time for farmers to learn and adapt to various technologies.
Dr. CHOOMBE pointed out that farmers should make agriculture as a business and to ensure they make profit from their produce and reduce poverty.
He said farmers should practice all the crop husbandry management activities as recommended by the agricultural experts for them to have increased crop production.