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Mchinji farmers challenged to improve agricultural production

Written by  Aaron Banda
Farmers among others advised to adapt to new farming technologies - File Photo Farmers among others advised to adapt to new farming technologies - File Photo

Mchinji, August 17, 2018: Small holder farmers in Mchinji have been urged to work in groups as one way of enhancing their agricultural production as well as improving their access to markets. 

Mchinji District Council chairperson Edison Josiah made the call Friday after a two-day agriculture fair organized by the District Agriculture Extension Coordinating committee (DAECC).

He said local farmers need to share their experiences in advancing issues of farming in the district.

“We are seeing farmers through cooperatives doing well in value addition because they are able to find better markets,” Josiah said.

He added that the fair was organized to help farmers showcase their products which will in turn assist farmers to reach out potential customers.

He further urged farmers to make use of such agricultural displays if they are to improve their harvest at district and national levels.

“These types of fairs act as a bridge in assisting local farmers adapt new farming technologies thereby helping them meet their expectations,” Josiah said.

Chairperson for DAECC Francis Chiwaya vowed to continue conducting such initiatives in the district as his committee aims at uplifting the lives of poor farmers.

One of companies that showcased its products was Peacock Seeds.

The company’s cooperative affairs assistant manager Chris Loka said there are lessons that can be gained in such platforms which local farmers continue to experience for better action.

The initiative was the first of its kind for Mchinji DAECC to organize. This year's district agriculture fair was commemorated under the theme "Commercialization of agriculture for improved food nutrition and income security".

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