The current drought being experienced in Zambia spells a possible poor harvest. Most farmers have expressed worries at the prolonged dry spell. Beside farmers, politicians like Edith Nawakwi have joined in registering their concerns over the situation. Ms Nawakwi posted a photo on her Facebook page showing withering maize of a field on the outskirts of Lusaka. Could solar based solution offer a glimpse of hope farmers in Zambia?
This situation needs mitigations on both short and long term basis. Solar solutions seem to be a well placed opportunity. As Mother Nature reacts to man’s many years of devastation by exerting its wrath through a volatile weather pattern across the globe, there is need for all stakeholders to provide a critical analysis in laying hold of long term and sustainable measures. Zambia holds about a third of Southern Africa’s water through its blessed rivers and lakes. One of the possible areas is thus reducing dependence on seasonal rains for farming.
There are a number of Zambians doing a credible job as regards addressing such challenges. One of them is Mr. Dominic Milimo, a farmer and an entrepreneur offering a solar based solution. He is passionate about farming and how Zambia should scale above the global warming challenges. He is one of those playing a big role through the provision of a lasting solution. Mr Milimo through a Zambian firm called Nanchengwa Energy Solutions (NES), provide solar based water pumps for irrigation. The sizes range from 0.3 Hp to 3HP. This affordable equipment can even be shared by adjuscent farms and ensure that Zambia can produce food through out the year without fear of drought. In an interview with Zed Corner, Mr. Milimo noted that their clients have been happy to access such solar irrigation system in a Country that has abundance of water, sun energy and fertile land. He can be found on Kamloops rd, in Lusaka curently sharing premises with Solar Zuwa. The contact numbers +26 0955625040/ 0977460855.
A business and life coach Mr. Gilbert Banda emphasized the importance of Zambians embracing farming and the required knowledge and skills through the small scale farmers, a face book page that offers a platform to share on farming and business. His argument is that this is the only way Zambians can contribute to the growth of Zambia’s economy and the much needed employment.