Lima Chuma initiative to deliver integrated services to smallholder farmers

BASFBASF, Omnia Fertilizer and Pioneer DuPont recently launched a joint effort to promote the effective delivery of integrated services that will improve the productivity of over 25,000 farmers in Southern Province.

The initiative dubbed Lima Chuma, which means 'Cultivating Prosperity', was launched by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Luxon Kazabu, in Nakeempa area in Choma district on 11th December, 2014.

The Lima Chuma project, supported by Musika and Conservation Farming Unit (CFU), will be piloted in Namwala, Monze, Mazabuka, Choma, Zimba and Kalomo districts. The private sector-led initiative will increase access to inputs such as seed, fertiliser, and agrochemicals and promote delivery of extension services through training, on-farm demonstrations and research to encourage the adoption of productivity enhancing technologies such as conservation agriculture. The Consortium partners have recruited 50 Lima Chuma Advisors, who recently graduated from the Zambia College of Agriculture in Monze, to deliver tailored advisory services at the farmers' doorstep using Musika supported motorbikes and bicycles.

Speaking during the ceremony, Hon. Kazabu assured the consortium partners of government's support by creating an enabling environment that will benefit all stakeholders. He acknowledged the role that the private sector played in driving the growth of the agricultural sector.

"The private sector has played a very significant role in driving the growth of the agricultural sector by supplementing government efforts, and a good example is the program that we're launching today. Government is in full support of private sector initiatives such as Lima Chuma that ensure that small scale farmers realize their full potential and improve their output," he said.