Agriculture and Livestock Minister Given Lubinda says maize yields have increased from below 1 ton per hectare to 2.4 tons per hectare.
Mr Lubinda said the increase in yields was as a result of the usage
of improved hybrid seed among small-scale farmers since the inception
of the farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
He said government has put in place initiatives such as FISP, of which
Pioneer DuPont was a major supplier of improved seed varieties noting
that seed varieties were of high quality that enhance crop production
and productivity at household.
Mr Lubinda said this in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Maxas Ngonga in Kasama today
during a Pioneer National Field day.
And DuPont Pioneer Managing Director Munyaradzi Mutsvairo said, it was
important for farmers to gain better and higher yields through the use
Mr Mutsvairo also said DuPont Pioneer had a collaboration with the
University of Columbia and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in
launching a soil testing facility that will enable farmers have soils tested and so that suitable inputs be applied to their crops.
And Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobota Nkunika thanked Du Point for its quality seed products that have seen the yields increase.
Mr Nkunika encouraged farmers to also use mechanised farming in order to
increase their area under production and enhance productivity.