ZNFU projects 2.5m tonnes maize

By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA –

‘¨THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has projected that the maize production for the 2012/13 farming season will hit 2.47 million tonnes, with 97 per cent of the total output coming from the small and medium-scale farmers.’¨

ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said the latest survey results indicated that the maize production for the 2012/13 season was expected to be around 2.47 million tonnes compared to 2.5 million tonnes for the previous season.’¨

Mr Zimba said during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the ZNFU Lima Credit Scheme had contributed 19,524 hectares to the total area under maize production.’¨

“Expectations are that the yields per hectare from the Lima farmers will be about three tonnes per hectare on average, hence a total of approximately 58,572 tonnes per hectare was recorded in the survey,” he said.