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Livingstone Farmers Cooperative Society (LCFS) has encouraged farmers integrate livestock farming in their agriculture activities.

LCFS Chairperson John Mbao called upon farmers to not only depend on crop growing but to ensure they in livestock farming like piggery and poultry.

Mr Mbao said this in light of poor rainfall distribution in some parts of Southern province such as Kazungula where some farmers could not plant up until the month of January, 2020.

He observed that certain crops like maize would not perform well because of the poor rainfall hence the need for farmers to consider venturing into livestock farming in order to avoid seasonal crop growing.

Mr Mbao has also appealed to government to consider constructing more dams in the Southern region in view of the poor rainfall pattern.

He noted that irrigation farming is an alternative to the rainfall challenges farmers are facing.

Meanwhile, Mr Mbao has encouraged cooperative societies to continue providing extension services to the farmers to supplement efforts of agricultural extension staff, as doing so will promote high productivity among their members.

He said LFICS Cooperative is determined to hep members to be knowledgeable about latest information in farming technologies through holding seminars on different topics such as the use of affordable herbal medicines for livestock.

Mr Mbao noted that farmers encounter similar challenges and therefore need to assist one another through sharing ideas on possible solutions they face in their agriculture activities.-NAIS

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