FILE: Kabwata MP Hon. Given Lubinda (l) discussing with Human Rights Commisioner Isabel Katongo Simukonda during the Launch of the Parliamentary Caucus on Children Strategic Plan 2012-2016 at Raddison blu Hotel
FILE: Kabwata MP Hon. Given Lubinda (l) discussing with Human Rights Commisioner Isabel Katongo Simukonda during the Launch of the Parliamentary Caucus on Children Strategic Plan 2012-2016 at Raddison blu Hotel

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
of fertilizer.

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.

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  1. mina a Lubinda: what do you know about agriculture, which hybrid will increase such a yield , just keep quite than just exposing your little knowledge in this field . our soils have lost its fertility and I do not see how the small scare farmers kwa burozi can harvest such tones in a hectare , if it is from your back yard plot then it is good you continue doing farming there than what you are cheating us on this media.

    If you have good evidence to this imaginations , share with me.

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