AN agricultural organization implementing modern farming technologies has called on farmers in the country to mechanize their farming in order to improve their crop production and contribute to the country’s wealth creation.
AGCO and Martin Richenhagen future farm General Manager Kalongo Chitengi said during a field day that the company is availing opportunities for mechanized farming techniques, skills and trade to farmers to ensure that they are well equipped in practicing the modern farming methods.
Ms Chitengi noted that the organization is also providing first hand training to farmers to learn how to use all the machinery in farming to ensure that farming becomes a business.
She noted that the use of machinery in farming will ensure high productivity and improve land sustainability.
Ms Chitengi called on farmers to acquire knowledge, skills, stating that they should also adopt best practices if they are to engage into farming as a business.
She noted that attending field days will equip the farmers to have first-hand information on how to be successful in farming.
And AGCO Agronomist Shiela Zulu emphasized on sustainable agriculture practices so as to improve soil fertility and ultimately improve yields.
Ms Zulu explained that if a farmer can increase the organic matter above five percent, about 25 percent of the synthetic fertilizer will be cut down.
She noted that farmers need to improve production despite the escalating prices of fertilizer.
“As you work with the soil, you have to implement practices that are going to improve the soil quality to minimize on your cost of production,” she said.
Ms Zulu observed that farmers who have cultivated on the same land for many years deplete the nutrition of the soil hence the need to improve the fertility.
“But if you want to increase on your enterprise, you want to pay back on your investment and machinery and your operations to be sustainable, you need to realize that improving soil is critical,” she said.
Ms Zulu noted that AGCO has been conducting trials on how to improve the soil so that both commercial and small scale farmers have the opportunity to learn.