Mambwe District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) in Muchinga Province Kennedy Kaputo has urged farmers in the district to practice crop diversification so that they have something to fall back on if the yield fails in one crop category.
In an interview with Zanis, the DACO expressed this concern when he made a comparison between the 2016- 2017 maize and cotton production to the 2017- 2018 production for the whole country.
“The country recorded 3,606,549 metric tonnes of maize production in the 2016 – 2017 farming season as compared to the 2017- 2018 season that has seen a huge reduction of 33.6 percent with the produce standing at 2,394,907 metric tonnes,” Mr. Kaputo disclosed.
Mr Kaputo pointed out that if farmers embrace the culture of growing different types of crops in their farms, they can be able to sustain their lives in an event of a drought.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kaputo expressed relief that the country has only seen a slight reduction of 1.2 percent in cotton production that stands at 88,219 metric tonnes as compared to the previous farming season’s 89,293 metric tonnes.