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Seed Farm

The harvesting of soya beans, groundnuts and sunflower is now complete. Seed is has been inspected and approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and is bagged ready for distribution.

SAZ (ShareAfricaZambia) is now registered as a seed grower. This means we can now sell surplus seed to the wider farming community

Temporary storage has been rented in Chipata with a capacity to hold 50 metric tonnes.

The Farm overall has met the targets set for 2018. All that remains is to distribute and sell the seed stock in readiness for the planting season in November.

Outgrowers Scheme

Harvesting is now complete and most produce has been sold. The yields this year were good despite some infestation in many groundnut fields.

Stats are now being gathered to measure the impact of the Out-growers Scheme. We believe this will show a steady improvement in the majority of households included in the programme.

Oxen and a plough have been purchased for selected farmers to see what productivity benefits can be achieved. We will simply measure the increased acreage that a farmer can cultivate, and the resulting increase in revenue.

Planning for the 2019 season has already begun. Due to the sizable management workload we are keeping the number farmers on the programme that same as this year.

All farmers appreciate the support given by SAZ and thank all who have contributed.