Lead farmer for Macademia Cooperative in the district, Samuel Phiri, told community leaders and the young on Saturday that the crop has a strong economic value in the country and it beats some crops such as tobacco which is mainly grown as a cash crop.
"Most youth's do not engage in macademia farming due to its long term payback period and related expenses as it can take approximately 5-10 years to start harvesting the crop but with grafting techniques it can only take a duration of three years," said Phiri
Phiri added that currently the crop is valued at K6800 per kilogram and one tree of macademia can produce at least 4 to 8 kilograms and assured participants that once grown, the crop can take up to 45 years while still harvesting the macademia.
James Maliyenda from Kalira youth club said the youths will formulate and raise seedlings for the crop which will be distributed to interested youths in their communities to start engaging in macademia farming with the help of lead farmers.
Among other local leaders who attended the meeting included Senior Chief Kasakula and Traditional Authority Vuso Jere.