FARMERS in Kaputa are geared to grow enough maize this year which they can share with other parts of Zambia which are experiencing a spell of drought, say area Member of Parliament Maxas Ng’onga
Mr Ng’onga said his area was receiving normal rains and maize had already started to sprout.
Mr Ng’onga who is deputy minister of agriculture said unlike other parts of Zambia, his constituency was receiving sufficient rains allowing farmers to plant enough maize.
“People here in Kaputa are planting and we have sufficient rains as well,” he said.
He said farmers in in Northern Province who received their farming inputs on time had planted maize and it had started sprouting.
“The fertilisers arrived in good time so some people are even looking for more areas to plant because the rains are still on,
“Generally the Northern part such as Mporokoso, Kaputa Nchelenge and Chiengi, their maize has even started sprouting in many places,” he said.
Mr Ng’onga said it was unfortunate that his area did not have many farmers like in Southern Province to grow enough maize which could feed the entire Zambia.
He was however quick to mention that farmers from his constituency had run out of land for maize and wished that could plant more maize to supply to other parts without rains.
“It is just that we do not have many farmers like in Southern Province but we are hoping that those who have planted will be able to have excess to give to the rest of the people in Zambia.
“Actually, all farmers received their inputs in time, if there are any who have not received, they must be few. But I have not heard anyone complaining over inputs since the time I came here meaning everyone has already been catered for,” he said.
Mr Ng’onga said it was unfortunate that Zambia had been hit with poor rainfall pattern resulting in farmers delaying in planting the staple crop.
He hoped that rains would soon cover the entire Zambia to allow farmers plant their maize to avoid running out of the staple food and cause poverty.