Zambian farmers in mechanization scheme

A Zambian company NWK Agri Service has launched a mechanization scheme in the country to enable farmers acquire farming equipment to better crop output.

NWK representative Lauren Watson said the company’s aim was to be  at the forefront of agricultural development, a pinnacle and driver for one of the country’s largest industries driving the Zambian economy.

Ms Watson said the mechanization scheme was launched last week and that farmers were required to apply for the plan and accepted on the prerequisite requirement to become a beneficiary.

She said the John Deree tractors received by the beneficiaries were supplied by SARO and were coming together with  trailers, rippers and planters as well as inputs from NWK’s selected partners.

She said the total number of beneficiaries since the launch was 105 with Central Province having received 40 units, Eastern Province 35 and Southern Province 30.

For Southern Province the launch was held in Monze where many optimistic officials and chiefs attended and felt that the scheme was a great opportunity for agricultural growth in their regions and chiefdoms.

The event was graced by deputy permanent secretary for Southern Province Mr. Douglas Ngimbu and others.

And Mr Ngimbu said Government appreciated and would support all efforts made to grow small scale farmers into emergent farmers and potentially commercial.

He said the scheme was in line with Government’s vision, to ensure that it places more money into the pockets of its people.

Mr Ngimbu said Government was therefore looking forward to seeing more farmers access finances for mechanization in order to further grow the agriculture industry in Zambia.

NWK Agri-Services went into partnership with ZANACO, FNB, MUSIKA, SARO, LDC, SEEDCO, MRI, Pannar, Monsanto and several others to help farmers access finances, inputs and equipment to ease farming.

Others that  attended the launch were Dr Max Choombe (PACO) Southern Province), Senior Chief Monze, Chief Choona, Chief Choongo, Mr Biggie Mwiinde (DC for Monze) and Mr Hugiene Munyama (DC for Mazabuka).

NWK Agri-Services offers a range of services to Zambian farmers such as crop buying in cotton, maize and soya, grain storage solutions, input pre-financing, and agricultural input distribution through their expanding retail store branch network.

The company aims also to be at the forefront of agri-business in Zambia, providing timely, reliable and superior quality service in every aspect of business.