We expect bumper harvest because we did not depend on govt fertiliser- Tonga Chief

Chief Chikanta of the Tonga people in Southern Province says his chiefdom will record a bumper harvest in this farming season.

Chief Chikanta said most of his subjects accessed farming inputs on time from their own resources without  depending on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Choma, chief Chikanta, however, called on the farmers in other parts of the province to always raise their own resources for acquisition of farming inputs and not to solely depend on FISP programme.

“There is need for our farmers to develop an attitude change of over dependence on government if they are to produce accordingly”, he said

And speaking in a separate interview, Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Southern regional manager, Emmanuel Sinyangwe, said there was good indication of the province recording bumper harvest although some farmers accessed inputs late under FISP.

Mr Sinyangwe said the bumper harvest was attributed to the good preparations by most farmers and the adequate rainfall most parts of the province has continued to experience.

“As a region, we are expecting a bumper harvest despite the late delivery of inputs from FISP because this time around farmers were prepared using their little resources to plant early,” he said.

He cited areas such as Mapanza, Mbila and Chikanta where maize had now started drying because farmers planted early at the beginning of the 2013/2014 farming season.

Mr Sinyangwe, however, appealed to farmers not to sell their commodities to briefcase farmers during this year’s marketing season because they needed to make profit to enable them prepare for next the farming season adequately.

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