LIMULUNGA DISTRICT LAUNCHES 2019/2020 CASHEW PLANTING SEASON

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| By Daphine Ndona |

Limulunga District Council planner Beene Chipuwa says the district has established twenty nine (29) community nurseries in 2019/ 2020 farming season.

Speaking during the cashew planting season launch for 2019/2020 in Moombo on Wednesday, Limulunga district planner noted that 3879 farmers will benefit 387,999 seedlings where each farmer will have 100 seedlings per hectare.

She explained that the project is targeting to help 8600 farmers in the district with one hectare each for a period of 5 years.

The planner noted that the target for 2019/2020 farming season is five thousand and ten (5010) farmers adding that women and youths are encouraged to register and form cooperatives for easy access to developmental programs.

Mrs. Chipuwa has since warned the officers involved in the distribution and implementation of the program to work hard and desist from involving themselves in malpractices during the process.

And speaking at the same function the District Agricultural Coordinator Likando Mubiana thanked Moombo farmers for taking good care of seedlings which were given to them.

He noted that they should take good care of seedlings which will be given to them adding that after transplanting each plant will require 10 litres of water per week inoder for the plant to grow well.

Meanwhile one of the farmers spoke to Josephine simasiku from sikuyu village said she decided to be a cashew farmer so that she could reduce poverty in her household.

She explained that cashew farming should be taken seriously because crops like rice and maize has not been doing well in the past years due to drought.

Mrs. Simasiku has since urged cashew farmers to take cashew farming seriously as it will improve their lives and that of their families.

Another farmer George Mubiana told NAIS in an interview that it’s though cashew farming that he will be able to educate his children.

He explained that cashew is a cash crop and had a market which is readily available hence farmers should engage in cashew farming.

Mr. Mubiana has since urged government to be visiting the farmers so that they see what farmers are doing adding that government should also encourage NGOs to be operating in rural areas not just being in urban areas because people in rural areas need their help more.

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