Crop production: Can I plant the seed from my previous soya bean harvest?

Question: I often hear from my fellow farmers that they use their soya bean harvest from previous years as seed for the new crop season. According to them, they also obtain better harvests afterwards. And some people say they get better harvests and that the soya beans get used to…

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Soya bean boom a boon for Zambian smallholder farmers

Zambian smallholder farmers who invested in soya bean farming against a background of price volatility now find themselves smiling all the way to the bank as the price keeps climbing. The price of the commodity is marching towards the K3 500/ton, on track for the best performance since 2015, with…

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How this engineer got the balance of a mixed farm right

Brian Musonda (57) runs a mixed farming operation on his 10ha small-scale commercial farm outside the Copperbelt town of Ndola. An engineer, who graduated from, a German Polytech, Brian has spent the greater part of his working life in the engineering sector. At some point he realised that farming was a…

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Young graduate chooses the farming lifestyle

The discipline of academic life after school can never be a waste of time even if a graduate uses his or her skills in another sector. There is a growing number of young Zambians entering the agricultural sector with degrees in unrelated fields. One such youngster – Bupe Njelesani (26)…

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