By Chimwemwe Mangazi:
Synthesis Agriculture, a local horticulture producing exportation firm, has urged farmers to consider exploring scientific methods to improve quality and meet local and export market demand.
The organisation has rolled out an initiative to engage farmers on production.
Synthesis Agriculture Managing Director, Dickson Kilowe, said currently, local market weekly demand for horticulture products stands at 120 metric tonnes and the firm is supplying only 30.
He said monthly export market demand in the United Kingdom, Germany, Dubai, Italy, Bostwana and South Africa stands at 1,000 metric tonnes.
The company is exporting 30 tonnes a weekly.
“The problem is that most farmers focus on quantity and not quality but, for these high value horticulture crops, we need quality products that would compete on the international market,” Kilowe said.
The company is working with over 100 farmers from across the country.