Small holder farmers counseled

Small holder farmers in Zambia should embark on cultivating crops that are on high demand because they are more profitable, says Smallholder Agribusiness Promotion Programme (SAPP) manager, Kwibisa Liywali.

Mr Liywali said farmers should be helped to produce what was on demand if they were to greatly benefit from their labour.

He said farmers should see the benefit of farming by easily accessing markets and growing crops that were in high demand.

“Farmers need to change their approach by producing crops that are highly marketable if they want to succeed in their farming occupation,” he said.

Mr Liywali said it was vital for smallholder farmers to satisfy the already existing market for commodities, adding that the initiated SAPP programme was aimed at promoting crop production by small-scale farmers in Zambia.

“SAPP is a five-year programme under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock aimed at promoting small- holder farmers to produce crops such as cassava, small livestock, beef, groundnuts, aquaculture and rice among others,” he said.

He said about 30 districts countrywide were  already benefiting from the programme aimed at promoting value addition and market linkages among smallholder farmers.

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