AUTHORITIES URGED TO STRENGTHEN AWARENESS MESSAGES ON DROUGHT TOLERANT SEED VARIETIES

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AUTHORITIES URGED TO STRENGTHEN AWARENESS MESSAGES ON DROUGHT TOLERANT SEED VARIETIES

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By Lumbiwe Mwanza

 

National Union for Small-Scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ), President, Frank Kayula says there is need to strengthen awareness messages on disease-resistant and drought-tolerant seed varieties.

 

According to the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual Africa regional overview of food security and nutrition report highlighted drought as one of the key factors contributing to the continuing rise in the number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Dr Kayula observes that the uptake of these drought-tolerant crops has been promising however apprehension among some small scale farmers still remains as a challenge.

 

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