Paya Farmer: Chavuma farmers say won’t afford fertiliser, feminine sure

Farmers in Chavuma say they will not produce enough maize  this year as a result because the  fertiliser is too expensive.

Speaking on behalf of other farmers, Richard Kanyimbwa, said most farmers in the district won’t afford to buy fertiliser at the newly introduced higher  prices.

Mr Kanyimbwa said the move to increase the cost of fertiliser  has caught the farmers by surprise.

He said as a result most farmers in the district will not afford fertiliser, adding that the anticipated reduced maize growing activities in Chavuma will affect the food security in the district.

He appealed to government to give a reprieve to the farming community for this year’s farming by reverting to the old price of K50 farmers have been paying on a bag of fertiliser to enable them prepare for the adjusted price in the 2014-2015 farming season.

And Mr Kanyimbwa said suggestions that farmers should diversify their production to crops like cassava are welcome.

But the emerging farmer observed that a shift to cassava production would face implications such as a high cost of liming the soil, demand for more cultivated land and poor market for the crop.

The farmer said cassava cannot do well if grown direct on the same land that was being used for maize production because the soil had become acidic due to heavy use of fertiliser on maize.

He further noted that food security may be affected because a lima of cassava produces less than maize grown on the same size of land, hence the need for farmers to acquire more land to grow cassava.

Mr Kanyimbwa also mentioned that it would not be feasible to fight hunger by encouraging people to grow cassava because the available varieties of the crop take over one year to mature while the market for the crop is still underdeveloped in the country.

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23 Responses to "Paya Farmer: Chavuma farmers say won’t afford fertiliser, feminine sure"

  1. MAMBALA  June 19, 2013 at 11:59

    ati feminine sure…….kekekeke. i was at pains trying to connect gender to the story

  2. Jenny Darling  June 18, 2013 at 15:44

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  3. CHIYABI  June 18, 2013 at 10:29

    SATA WAS RAISED UP AS A WANDERER. FARMING IS STRANGE TO HIM. SOUTH AFRICA, NETHERLANDS, USA, HOLLAND AND ALL THESE OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES HAVE POWERFUL ECONOMIES DUE TO HUGE INVESTMENT ON AGRICULTURE BY GOVERNMENT. SATA HAS COME TO DESTROY AGRICULTURE, DO YOU THINK THAT THE COUNTRY WILL DEVELOP? ZAMBIA CANT DEVELOP AS LONG AS MICHAEL SATA REMAINS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA.

  4. pompwe  June 18, 2013 at 10:21

    vote wisely soon..we shall have elections..paya farmer out..

  5. Cruiser  June 18, 2013 at 09:19

    The PF have failed in everyfield including farming. I remember Chikambwili saying that the good harvests during the MMD was a result of good rains and not the timely provision of inputs by the MMD government.The PF is campaigning in Feira that farmers will be paying KR100 instead of KR250. This is bullshit and the crown does not eve elaborate how the beneficiallies will be identified.Currently fertiliser is already selling at KR250 and he masquerades around in FEIRA with loose parts that farmers will pay less for fertilizer. Shame on PF and its leadership

  6. Triple.M  June 18, 2013 at 08:20

    The area u can plant MANIHOTESCALENTUM & on the same area u plant MAIZE by managing them proparly,which one are u going to harvest enough than the other?Dont only think on the acidity of the place think also on the quantity of the crop when harvested.

  7. pcy  June 18, 2013 at 06:58

    femine

    • pcy  June 18, 2013 at 06:59

      famine or feminine?

  8. Givwinter  June 17, 2013 at 18:27

    This is what happens when people make decisions and not consult stakeholders CNP…

  9. morgan banda petauke  June 17, 2013 at 17:34

    am so sorry be strong

  10. Mpangula Mputyu  June 17, 2013 at 15:20

    LATEST LATEST LATEST LATEST

    Clive Chirwa retired with immediate effect. With full 5 yrs Benefits.

    He shall walk away with millions of dollars for free whilst our retirees are languishing without pay.

    It pays pa Zed for doing NOTHING. Clive has made Money…

    • kim  June 17, 2013 at 15:55

      Is this fact ? Unless the big man is getting a cut . How do you retire a person who has not even completed probation period?? Please save us. If this is so ., PF should definately Go!!!

    • Bazambia Twafwa  June 18, 2013 at 04:01

      First it was FAZ giving Bonnet fully benefits for a faulty dismissal by kalu. Now it is CNP giving Cliverness chirwa all those billions? No wonder the removal of subsidies.

  11. Vizungu  June 17, 2013 at 14:17

    Feminine is, loosely speaking, a gender attribute. Did you mean famine?

  12. Fougarcon  June 17, 2013 at 14:14

    Great English again editor. Surely you meant “famine” not “feminine”!

    • Webster  June 17, 2013 at 14:51

      I don’t know, maybe the farmers are going to spend all of their money on women (because they are so nice and feminine) that they won’t have any left for food or fertilizer. Sure!

    • webman  June 17, 2013 at 17:43

      iwe this english is just a second language; it’s not THE language. in fact i wish zwd should do more to damage spelling and grammar, as long as we know the point they are putting across!!

      • MAMBALA  June 19, 2013 at 12:16

        iwe naiwe, let them write in bemba if english is a problem

  13. Rusco  June 17, 2013 at 14:12

    GROW CASSAVA AS AN ALTERNATIVE CROP, MAIZE HAS NO COMPERATIVE ADVANTAGE IN THIS PROVINCE AND IT IS EXPENSIVE TO GROW IT SUCCESSFULLY, BECAUSE BY DESIGN, THE AGRO-ECOLOGICAL ZONE 3 HAS ACIDIC SOILS AND NEED TO BE LIMED TO GROW COMPETATIVE MAIZE CROP AS COMPARED TO THE CENTRAL , EASTERN, LUSAKA AND SOUTHERN PROVINCES. IT IS FORCING MATTERS GROWING MAIZE IN REGION 3. CASSAVA IS THE CROP FOR THE REGION 3. CAN WE HAVE THE AGRICULTURE EXTENTION STAFF DELIVER PROPER MESSAGES TO THESE FARMERS PLEASE. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT CORRECT.

    • Cowboy  June 17, 2013 at 16:54

      1.How long does cassava takes to get ready/mature??
      2.how much maize to people have in stock right now??

      • MAMBALA  June 19, 2013 at 12:16

        hahaha…. boyi lemba mu zambian language

  14. sadman  June 17, 2013 at 14:11

    Its very sad people will suffer,today people cant afford
    meal meal at k50.00, how are they going to manage at k70.00
    honestly lets not be talking just because we love the party
    lets face the reality people will die of hunger.

  15. Pathfinder  June 17, 2013 at 13:35

    This is the type of foolishness that is causing this country not to move forward. This dependency even by able bodied people on the Govt. Where has this farmer been taking all the money from maize sales to an extent where he has nothing at the end of the day. Let us kill foolishness.

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