Linthipe Extension Planning Area agricultural extension development officer Charles Tembo has advised farmers in the area to plant early maturing maize varieties.
The officer gave the advice during a field day organised by Pannar Seed in Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza on Monday.
Tembo said agricultural productivity is dwindling partly because of farmers’ resistance to adopt new farming technologies such as improved crop varieties which mature early and are resistant to diseases.
“I urge you to attend field days and learn from your friends who have embraced new innovations,” he said.
Pannar Seed agronomy and marketing manager Edward Kabaghe said the field day was organised to showcase Pannar Seed maize varieties which some lead farmers tried on demonstration plots last season.
One of the lead farmers, Gift William, said farmers are excited with the new breeds and asked the company to make the seed available in various packs for easy access.
But an agro-dealer in the area, Peter Mawindo, said agro-dealers agreed with seed companies to ensure that seed supply is consistent.