JICA Supporting Zambia’s Crop Diversification Agenda

By Prudence Siabana

In order to promote crop diversification, the Japan International Corporation Agency in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture have embarked on a rice dissemination project aimed at establishing rice extension system through the promotion of a new rice variety nerica 4 and appropriate rice cultivation method.

Speaking during the rice dissemination field day in Mansa today, Zambia Agricultural Research Institute ZARI-Mansa Deputy Director For Technical Services, Geoffrey Mwila says the project is a major milestone in the production of rice in the country as it will help double up the production of rice.

Our Staffer Prudence Siabana reports from

Mansa that Mr. Mwila further said the project is also aimed at diversifying food crops to promote good health among citizens.

And Japan Assistant Resident Representative, Yoji Matsui says rice being a strategic crop is slowly increasing farmer income and making them utilize land resources such as dambos.

The rice dissemination project started in 2016 to strengthen rice research in the province and has since seen the development of rice fields and renovated offices for research activities.

The extension system for rice cultivation is currently being done in Luapula, Northern, Eastern and North Western provinces with over 4,000 rice farmer beneficiaries.

Source: Phoenix FM News

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