Choma District Commissioner Golden Nyambe says the changing climate and variability in rainfall pattern has in recent times negatively impacted on Southern Province’s food production.
Mr Nyambe says there is need for farmers to begin practicing integrated soil fertility management and diversification as well as recommended production practices if they are to improve on food production.
He disclosed that the current greater negative impact on agriculture caused by climate change has been directly or indirectly brought by deforestation which is a major emerging problem in the province.
The District Commissioner said this when he officiated at a farmers' field day at Mochipapa Agricultural Research Station in Choma under the theme "building on today ‘ s prosperity through provision of decentralized agricultural research ".
“Farmers are important to the economic development and social being of this country,” he said.
Mr Nyambe said agriculture is the main activity done in the province and that is the reason why Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) is working towards poverty reduction in the province.
“These researchers will bring their work to your door steps so that every district is serviced by researchers as it is in line with PF manifesto on agriculture,” he said.
He explained that the province is too vast in terms of farming system and agro environmental areas hence the need for ZARI to put up more research stations across the province.