By Tryness Mbale
Some Chibombo farmers have expressed concern over the security of their animals following increased cattle rustling activities in the area.
The district recently recorded an increase in cases of cattle theft raising concern among farmers. Recently, a farmer in Chibombo’s Shimbilo Information Centre lost six animals to cattle rustlers after thieves slaughtered and managed to escape with the carcasses leaving offals at the scene.
“A number of farmers in the district have bemoaned the rise in cattle rustling activities,” the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Friday brief says.
Shimbilo Information Centre secretary Herbert Chilyata has appealed for increased farm patrols by the local police to curb the escalating vice.
Meanwhile, ZNFU and Zanaco Bank have partnered Mkushi and Serenje to train farmers in financial matters.
The training module covers financial planning, saving, investment, credit management, mind setting, attitude towards money and goal setting.
From Luapula Province, some farmers in Chiengi have appealed to Government to reconsider adjusting upwards the maize floor price for the 2014/15 marketing season.
The current price is set atK70 for a 50 kilogramme bag.
“Government needs to appreciate farmers’ efforts in producing the staple food of the country by giving them a decent price, especially that there were no private buyers in Chiengi and farmers only depended on the Food Reserve Agency,” the statement reads.
In Lukulu, ZNFU is conducting an independent agriculture production survey in the district to determine the crop output.
District administration officer Chrispin Nkhomensha said the survey will assist Government have reference in planning for the future.