Zambia government hopes for another bumper harvest
Government has advised farmers in Southern Province to make use of the Climate Change Adaptation information if the country is to record another bumper harvest in the 2017 to 2018 farming season. Speaking during a UNDP climate change adaptation workshop in Gwembe, Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanje Simuchoba said the province is prone to droughts and that information about the change in climate can be useful to farmers. He says southern province has been the agricultural hub for the country adding that with good utilization of the climate information, the province will rebound to its lost glory. Mr. Simuchba says farmers in the province lose a lot of money in replanting when crops fail to geminate due to change in weather. And Provincial Metrological department officer Munalula Mate advised farmers to start planting in the last week of November or the first week of December to avoid losing seeds. He said this year’s rainfall pattern indicates that the province will receive normal to above normal rainfall starting end of November. And farmers in the province thanked government for the quick distribution of E-voucher cards so that farmers can access inputs and plant on time.