DIVERSIFY, LUFWANYAMA FARMERS TOLD

By NATION REPORTER
A FARMER in Lufwanyama has urged small and medium scale farmers on the Copperbelt not to concentrate on growing maize but to diversify to other crops such as tomatoes.
Michael Foloko said there had been too much concentration on maize growing when other lucrative ventures such as tomato growing were available.
Mr Foloko said the tomato business is lucrative despite the changing of the market prices from time to time.
He said tomatoes could be processed into paste and sauce, hence promoting value addition.
Mr Foloko told the Daily Nation in Lufwanyama that the farmers should not get discouraged about the price fluctuations.
He said that this farming season the price of tomato had gone down but there was hope that the prices of the commodity would increase soon.
But he advised that during the time of price depression, farmers could resort to processing the commodity which was in abundance.
Mr Foloko said the price had dropped to K30 a box but during the peak, tomatoes would fetch more than K120 a box.
He said that it was also important for the farmers involved in the tomato business to also supply the commodity to supermarkets, guest houses and others in the hospitality sector.
Mr Foloko also encouraged tomato farmers at small and medium scale level to form cooperatives and network on various business and farming techniques.

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