Livingstone District Cooperative Union Chairperson RWINNICK MAPANZA has advised small scale farmers in Zambia to engage agriculture experts to test the soil on their farms for them to maximize crop yields.
Mr. MAPANZA has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that it is important for farmers to know the soil PH, which is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil on their farms.
He said knowing the soil texture and its nutrients, allows a farmer to plant suitable crops.
Mr. MAPANZA said sometimes farmers may experience poor yields even after doing everything else right simply because of planting crops that are not suitable for a particular type of soil.
He has explained that sometimes adding fertilizer to soil that already has enough nutrients can cause imbalance to the soil, contaminate the water and result in poor yields.
And Mr. MAPANZA has praised the government for scrapping off temporarily the E-voucher system because it caused unfair distribution of fertilizer.
He said the government must start preparing for the next marketing season because most farmers will receive a reasonable number of bags of fertilizer which will translate into a bumper harvest.