FARMERS ADVISED TO ADOPT CONSERVATION FARMING

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By PETER MALASHA

FARMERS in Serenje have been advised to embrace conservation farming which was conducive to the existing climatic conditions.

Serenje District Council chairman Chester Kasonde said the farmers should abandon ploughing their land and instead use conservation methods of farming because it had little effect on climate change.

Mr. Kasonde was speaking when he officiated at the district field day, held at the Chimupati area.

Mr. Kasonde observed that conservation farming had greater advantages as compared to traditional way of farming especially in the wake of climatic change.

“I would like to call upon farmers present to abandon ploughing and adopt conservation farming and other practices because of various reasons.”

He said. Mr. Kasonde mentioned some of the advantages as reduced time taken to prepare the land, and reduced wastage of agro Inputs.

Mr. Kasonde explained that conservation farming helped reduce the effects of climate change by encouraging afforestation and good residual management through improved soil aeration.

Speaking earlier, Serenje District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO), Jacob Shawa, advised local farmers to practice what they learnt on conservation farming.

“Let’s be practical and practice what we have learnt about conservation farming. If we do not try and practice what we have learnt, will always be lagging behind in our farming,” Mr. Shawa said.

And Conservation Farming Unit representative, Cephas Mkandawile, called upon local farmers to adhere to conservation farming in order to improve their crop yields.

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