It has been ages that Lesotho is failing to secure food production due to a number of factors that include climate change, leaving the country with no option but to rely on importation of crops, especially maize from South Africa so that its people could have their staple food – maize.
Mr Nchaka said the investors had brought along their agronomists and had already tested the soil in Nazareth, Machache, to see what breed of crops could be suitable in that area.
“There are about six villages in the area where this project is going to be piloted,” he said, adding it was the community council in the area that responded hastily when the investors asked for a land to get their project up and running.
He said as much as the investors had an intrinsic interest in maize production to help Lesotho satisfy its maize demand, they would also roll out their project into vegetable production. He said the investors in the area had entered into a contract with the farmers where a farmer would get 175 kg per acre.
Mr Nchaka said the investors would now venture into the project starting with 1 000 hectares and would also extend their project to 5 000 hectares until they reached 10 000 hectares. “The 10 000 hectares is their benchmark,” he said.
Much as the investors have started with Machache area, these investors according to Mr Nchaka will eye the southern part of the country to plant beans and wheat in the future.