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Helping Zambian Farmers

A local farm service company and some volunteers are teaming up to help third-world farmers increase their yields by using modern techniques.

South West Ag Partners Project Manager Jim Hazzard says Lambton farmer Mark Lumley got the organization involved in helping small land owners in Zambia.

“He looked at it and did a trial corn plot of a quarter of an acre that did very well, and Mark contacted us and we went over to see if we could replicate this on a bigger scale,” he says. “They were planting around 22,000 seeds per acre and we upped that to what we plant around 32,000 and we upped the fertilizer.”

He says the company and volunteers have a three-year commitment and believe there will be increased yields in the first crop which is nearing harvest.