Dear readers of ProAgri Zambia, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of ProAgri Zambia for which I have acted as Editor.
Having grown up on a farm and being a farmer myself, I have always been enthusiastic about writing and the agricultural sector – what an incredible opportunity and honour to combine the two and do what I am most passionate about.
From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom; women in agriculture
are helping to pave the way for a better future. As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women and men are educated, encouraged, and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food needs.
Advances in technology have enabled farmers to achieve better yields using
similar, or even fewer, inputs than in the past. Advances in seed breeding,
irrigation technology and the use of more sustainable farming systems,
for example, have seen many farmers produce more per hectare, while using fewer natural resources.
In this month’s edition we start a brand new and exciting article series on
poultry farming. In our cover story we look at centre pivot irrigation systems.
As Africa’s agriculture sector grows, more and more farmers and project
managers are using irrigation to improve their yields. A centre pivot irrigation system can apply a prescribed volume of water to perfectly match
crop water requirements. It reduces the opportunity for surface run-off or
leaching of fertiliser from the soil if the system is designed to match soil
Agriculture is the most regionally intensive industry in the world. Soil
type, climate and local markets create farming, rather than the other way
around. Farmers have long produced enough food to provide 2 500 calories a day for everyone on the planet.
Agriculture has done its part. For consumers, farmers are almost the
only moral touchstone in a world where everyone seems directed only by their self-interest.
We must build on the incredible legacy of stewardship, innovation, and productivity, and help one another succeed now and moving into the future. I am incredibly excited to be on board and will always remain passionate about the future of agriculture and the future of Africa.
Stay happy, stay healthy and remember – farm smarter, not harder!
Bianca Henning – email@example.com