Zambia wants farmers to diversify

The government of Zambia has encouraged farmers to diversify their farming operations in an attempt to cope with the effects and risks of climate change.

According to Zambia’s Daily Mail, the agriculture ministry in that country has urged farmers to consider sectors such as livestock and fish farming.

The country’s minister of agriculture, Given Lubinda, said opportunities exist to grow livestock production and the fisheries sector in Zambia. He said this would help farmers to receive a more regular income.

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Although maize is one of the major crops planted in Zambia, Lubinda said crop farmers can spread their risk by planting crops such as groundnuts, cassava, rice, soya beans and sunflower.