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Namibian Farmers Attend Session to Learn New Methods
February 25, 2017
Berio Simasiku has been farming at a village 40 km outside Katima Mulilo in Namibia's northeast Zambezi Region for over a decade.
For years, she endured losses and poor yields due to climate change and lack of knowledge about new adoptive farming techniques. "I used the same farming method year after year; planting maize on my plot year-on-year and weeding the same way," said Simasiku.
For quite a long a time, conservation agriculture and new adoptive methods of farming were unheard of to her.
But her farming approach is set to change after attending a demonstrative agricultural intervention on conservation agriculture. "I realized why productivity on my farm was stagnant," she said on Thursday.
The agricultural development session, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in Katima Mulilo infuses farming practices with conservation with the aim to help farmers adapt to new farming techniques and conservation to improve productivity, said Senior Agricultural Technician, Obrien Nyambwa.