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Husband-and-wife team on their way to mega-farmer status20 April 2018

By Jasper Raats for

Mr. Alexander and mrs. Agatha Tendai Matuka may have started out as small-scale farmers in Zambia’s Central Province some years back, but their joint passion for agriculture, keen business sense and ambition to excel has propelled them into commercial status in a short time.

At their current rate of expansion and progress this husband-and-wife team will soon be able to call themselves mega farmers.

Their farming business comprises 2 farms in the Luano District on which they cultivate 400 ha of land. Last year they planted 68 ha to maize, 36 ha to soya, 1 hectare of tomatoes, a hectare of field beans, a hectare of ground nuts, as well as 2 1 hectare blocks of sunflowers. In their vegetable fields they produce cabbage and other vegetables, mainly for their and other migrant workers in the area.

Being stockists of Pannar Seed has given them a foothold in the retail sector and from their stores they also sell fertiliser, agrichemicals, small implements and a variety of crop seeds from other companies.

Mr. Keneth Chintindi, the Pannar Seed representative for commercial farmers in Zambia, is well pleased with the maize produced by the Matukas. Photo: Jasper Raats

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