Authorities for increased production of legumes

Agriculture authorities and other stakeholders have urged farmers in Rumphi District to increase production of legumes to meet growing demand of the produce at the market.

This came to light Wednesday at Mkombezi in the area of Senior Chief Mwankhunikira in Rumphi during an agriculture field day which was organized by Rumphi District Agriculture Development Office.

Chief Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Officer for Rumphi, Lumbani Msiska said there was a huge opportunity for farmers to realize high profit through farming of legumes such as pigeon peas, soy beans and groundnuts among others.

"Pigeon peas are a traditional crop in Rumphi which is so far grown on a small scale, therefore cannot attract market because buyer they need legumes in large quantities. We have markets for pigeon peas within the country.

"This opportunity for farmers and I encourage them to venture into production of such legumes as they fetch good marketing prices,"  he said.

Msiska: There is high demand for legumes on the market

An official from 1 Smallholder Farmers Association, Chikumbutso Banda said farmers should maximize legume production taking advantage of the declining demand for tobacco which has been the main cash crop in the country.

He advised the farmers to be using modern farming technologies saying such technologies enables farmers to harvest more with less labour input.

One of the farmers who participated in the field day, Edwin Nyirenda said he got about K1 million from groundnuts sales last year.

"I now have a refrigerator, a television screen, and other advanced house properties which are usually associated with people living g in towns," he said.

Agriculture field days are conducted create platforms for farmers to showcase the farm produce and share experiences on the use of different farming technologies to improve agricultural productivity.