Maize farmer

Farmers in Zambia have convened an urgent meeting aimed at re-strategizing on early maize growing following poor rains experienced in the 2018/2019 farming season, an industry body said on Monday.

The Zambia National Farmers Union said the meeting will be held on October 9, 2019 to re-strategize on the issue of early maize growing due to lack of any feedback from the government on the way forward.

In a statement, the association said farmers were conscious of the high cost of producing maize under partial irrigation and artificial drying arrangements and will not rush to grow early maize unless there was a transparent system for marketing and pricing mechanisms.

The meeting, according to the statement, was expected to find solutions on a number of issues so that there was a win-win outcome for all players in the value chain.

According to the statement, so far there has been no consultation on the cost of reflective pricing of early maize if it was grown and no commitment made on the purchase modalities including export prospects.

The government has called on farmers to consider early maize growing instead of just depending on rain-fed agriculture following poor rains being experienced due to the effects of climate change. Enditem

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