Central Province Anticipates Bumper Harvest

Central Province Anticipates Bumper Harvest.

MAIZE production in Central Province for the 2015 / 2016 farming season is anticipated to increase by 35 percent, Government has announced.

The maize production is expected to increase to 664,790 metric tonnes from 493,959 metric tonnes which was recorded during the 2015/ 2016 farming season.

Central Province deputy permanent secretary Felix Mang’wato said Government has continued implementing programmes such as e- Voucher aimed at helping farmers in the country to increase their crop production.

“ The crop output in Central Province has gone up this year as compared to last year. The high yields anticipated this season are a result of timely distribution of farming inputs and other accompanying incentives that Government has put in place,” Mr Mang’wato said.

He said this on Saturday at Railway Grounds during the 44th Central Province Agricultural and Commercial Show which was held under the theme ‘ Managing the Environment for Growth’. Mr Mang’wato said soya beans production has also gone up by two percent, and that it is important for smallscale farmers to seriously take Government’s call on crop diversification.

He urged farmers to embrace new farming methods such as conservation farming.

Mr Mang’wato urged small- scale farmers not to sell all their produce but leave enough for household food security.

He said two milk collection centres that are being built in Mpima and Bamakasi in Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi districts have been completed.

“ We are just waiting for installation of equipment and electricity connection before handing these over to cooperatives,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Mang’wato said Central Province has a rich potential for fisheries and farming sub sector, and that is capable of producing large quantities of fish.

He appealed to farmers to venture into fish farming as part of agricultural diversification and to increase household income.

Earlier, Central Province Agricultural and Commercial Show Society ( CPACSS) vice chairman Rabson Mwenda commended companies and government institutions and departments which participated in the annual event.

Mr Mwenda said now that the CPACSS has a title deed of the showground, it needs the support of Government and the business community to develop the area.