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Syngenta looks to support Zambian farmers with sustainable solutions

Syngenta will continue to work with stakeholders to help farmers improve yields and increase their productivity under the changing climatic conditions in Zambia. And in an effort to build a shared vision for sustainable agriculture, Syngenta continues to engage stakeholders through listening and dialogue on technology and knowledge transfer to help farmers contribute to food security.

Speaking at the Syngenta National Field Day in Chongwe last week, Country Head Tibor Czigany said, “We are working together with stakeholders to build viable, productive and resilient farms, using modern agricultural technologies to safely feed Zambia while taking care of the land and environment. Syngenta continues to provide farmers and rural communities with solutions to help them to thrive and deliver safe and nutritious food.”

The annual field day by Syngenta provides an all-round platform for farmers and the company to share knowledge on how to best harness the power of technology and knowledge in agriculture to ensure the best outcome for farmers’ produce in Zambia.

Tibor Czigany
Syngenta Zambia Country Head Tibor Czigany highlighted the partnership between farmers and Syngenta. Picture courtesy of KPR Consulting

And the company’s Territory Head of Africa & Middle East (AME), Jerome Barbaron said the company continues to build stakeholder confidence in the farming and agricultural innovation sectors. These best practices are also being implemented in the different regions where Syngenta operates.

“Zambia is part of the global community and not exempt from climate change. This is why Syngenta is striving to ensure we are able to respond appropriately to the expectations of all our stakeholders so we can move forward constructively and together. Building consensus on how different agriculture systems can help support delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will be the basis on which we engage farmers in Zambia.”

And speaking on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo, Director of Seed Control and Certification Institute Mable Simwanza said that Government will continue to put in place measures that are aimed at increasing agricultural production and productivity in order to achieve food and nutrition security at both national and household levels.

“We value these efforts which are aimed at supporting our farmers and we will continue to promote a private sector led agricultural transformational agenda by creating an enabling environment that will expand private sector opportunities,” she said.

In her remarks, Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II thanked Syngenta for doing business in her chiefdom and encouraged the company to feel free to invest more as it brings more benefit to the farmers in the area. She also recognized Syngenta’s technology in the farming industry and was appreciative of the FORTENZA Duo technology which is helping to collectively fight the army worm which has ravaged the farmers’ fields including hers.

She also requested Government through the representative build dams in her area to help small scale farmers to help irrigate their crops during difficult times like this season.