ZAMBIA - NYIOMBO Investments Limited intends to import about 200,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser in readiness for the 2016/17 farming season.
Company general manager Kwazi Dlamini said with a well-coordinated network of satellite depots based in rural Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Tanzania, the company intends to distribute farming inputs early this year, to enable farmers plan.
In an interview recently, Mr Dlamini said Nyiombo with a workforce of about 150, is determined to provide agricultural solutions that will help boost farmers’ crop yields.
“We are a regional company operating in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. We have always been importing basal and top dressing fertilisers for different farmer categories.”
“For the 2016/17 farming season, we have already started importing stocks and we have in excess of about 40,000 tonnes in readiness for [the planting season].
We are also into commodities but, our core business is fertiliser and for this year, we are looking at bringing in between 150,000 to 200,000 metric tonnes for Zambia alone,” he said.
Mr Dlamini also said that there is need to encourage small-scale farmers devise a better home storage system as a way of protecting their yields.
“This year, we have noticed that there are rains in some parts of Central, Northern, Copperbelt, Luapula and Muchinga provinces and we will be expecting a good crop from these areas. There is urgent need for farmers to secure their maize in warehouses to avoid the crop going to waste,” he said.
Mr Dlamini, however, said the rainfall pattern in Southern and Eastern provinces has not been good enough to assure farmers of a bumper harvest this year.
February 21, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=59560