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New Fertiliser Company cheers Mkushi DACO

Rural News New Fertiliser Company cheers Mkushi DACO

The Mkushi District Agriculture Coordinating Office has cheered the setting up of a Fertiliser producing company in the district.

During an interview with ZANIS, District Agriculture Coordinating Officer (DACO) Wabalika Chiluba, observed that the advent of Green Belt Fertiliser (GBF) factory in the district was a major boost to the agriculture fraternity owing to localized production of fertilizer.

Mr. Chiluba said that the coming of GBF was likely to bring all round benefits to farmers in the district, noting that localized production of fertilizer presented assurance in the supply of fertilizer.

He said the factory plant has been well received in the district and that the development carried much hope of further enhancing Mkushi’s reputation as a major agricultural district.

In a related interview, Mkushi Green Belt Plant Manager, Chris Barker said the factory was currently averaging a daily out put ranging between 60, 000 and 90, 000 by 50kg bags of fertilizer.

Mr. Barker said the production prospects were likely to take an upswing saying that the plant was working towards reaching an average daily out put of 200, 000 bags.

He said the production prospects capacity was greatly being aided by modernized state of the art plant machinery, and that the demand pull from farmers was also playing a major role in scaling up production quantity.

He pointed out that the GBF factory was capable of making various types of fertilizers adding that as many as 20 different raw materials were being used in the production of these fertilizers.

Mr. Barker projected busier times for the GBF plant and observed that the market in Mkushi had indicated much promise during the company’s first month of production.

He also said that the company hopes to achieve a monthly target of at least 3000 bags of fertilizer.

GBF commenced production in the district last month.

ZANIS

4 COMMENTS

  1. If in the short run this helps increase farm output, I am all for it. The key is that we survive the next ten years, when the global economy is likely to take a drastic downturn.

    However, in the long run I am much more in favour of natural methods of fertilizing the soil. In the final equation, it is a healthy soil that produces healthy food in a sustainable manner. Using compost, compost tea, returning the non-used parts of the crop to the soil (like stalks and leaves of maize for instance), hauling in weeds from low productivity areas to use as an extra input farm fields, that would be wholly sustainable.

    Please check out:

    Natural Farming, by Masanobu Fukuoka
    Farmers For Forty Centuries, by F.H. King

  2. This is a good development and shows that Zambia is a good investment destination. It also shows that agriculture is seriously being looked at as is evident from the following statement, “the demand pull from farmers was also playing a major role in scaling up production quantity”.

    Agriculture is a viable industry in Zambia. I also hope farmers diversify their farm portfolio’s. Growing some wheat and maize should diversify their income meaning they wont be as affected if the price of one crop falls below the expected price. They could offset this effect by selling off the other crop if it gains in price.

    This is a good development.

  3. The figures above do not add up,
    1. In a related interview, Mkushi Green Belt Plant Manager, Chris Barker said the factory was currently averaging a daily out put ranging between 60,000 and 90,000 by 50kg bags of fertilizer
    2. He also said that the company hopes to achieve a monthly target of at least 3000 bags of fertilizer.
    Please confirm!

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