Chitambo District Commissioner Catherine Kunda says the newly introduced mechanized farming in Chitambo District in Central Province has increased production in the area.
Ms Kunda says the development has eased farming and increased production in the District at a cost of 914 Thousand Kwacha.
ZANIS reports that the District Commissioner was speaking when she officiated at the handing over of tractors and Ox- drawn rippers , among others in the area, yesterday.
Government is putting a lot of emphasis on agriculture and wants to ensure that it becomes the mainstay of Zambia’s economy, she said.
Ms. Kunda urged farmers to utilize the equipment to the full so that they increase on their productivity.
“Now you have literally no excuse to give because machinery has been given to you. The onus remains entirely on you to increase the Districts production and put it on the map and be the best,” she said.
The District Commissioner further advised farmers to take good care of the machines and ensure that they are frequently serviced in order for them to last long.
“Let us take care of the machines like we take care of our children, these machines are our babies. For them to last long we need to service them and guard them jealously, we are only going to produce more when we maintain our machines,” she stressed.
And the District Agricultural Coordinating Officer Katumwa Mutandi said the donation will help to increase the hectares that farmers in the area cover instead of the traditional hoeing.
Mr Mutandi added that the machines will help the farmers productivity levels because the equipment is already calibrated meaning that farmers will plant and fertilize the crops according to the recommended specifications.
And one of the beneficiaries of the machines Alfred Chimuka has thanked government and APAMEP for the support rendered to the farmers in the area saying the gesture will enhance productivity and farmers’ self-reliance.
Furthermore, Mr. Chimuka said through increased farming most vulnerable farmers will be able to adequately educate their school going children.