By MARY PHIRI
FARMERS should take 2019/2020 farming season more seriously and embrace climate change resilient measures, Ndola District Commissioner George Chisulo has said.
Cannon Chisulo said Government was committed to supporting all farmers with inputs and other support activities but they too should embrace initiatives to beat negative effects of climate change.
He was speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation n Ndola yesterday.
Canon Chisulo stated that farmers should not shun away from district agriculture coordinators for information on climate change because it was only by getting advice from technocrats that they could yield good and resilient crops. Government, he said, would continue working hard to help farmers improve yields and increase their productivity even under the changing climate conditions in Zambia.
“I wish to invite Non-Governmental Organisations such as World Vision, Oxfam, NGOCC to come and partner with Government so that they train our local farmers in agriculture here in Ndola,” the DC said.
Canon Chisulo observed that the training programmes would enable farmers acquire knowledge on growing a variety of crops instead of concentrating on maize growing.
“It is not always that we need to produce maize only but we must also produce other crops which can sustain the country in this climate change,” he said.
Canon Chisulo added that Government had been communicating to the public concerning the rainfall pattern the country was likely to experience this season.
He said it was up-to the farmers to equip themselves in preparation for this.