Among others, the department transfers relevant scientific knowledge and information to all stakeholders for sustainable development of agriculture.
To do this, the Agronomy Section and the Socio-Economics & Extension Division of the DRA collaboratively implement the Lesotho Adaptation of Small-Scale Agricultural Production project (LASAP) activities with farmers in Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Berea, Mafeteng and Quthing.
The research demonstrations on maize, beans, sunflower, sorghum and potatoes were conducted with farmers in different locations in the five districts.
Also, two field days were recently conducted in both Berea and Quthing.
The purpose of the field days according to DAR was to showcase sorghum, bean, sunflower and potato varieties and maize maturing at different times to the farmers.
The department said this will among others help farmers make proper choices of varieties that respond to climate change.
“The RAM pump for irrigation and an oil press machine for extraction of sunflower oil were also displayed to the farmers,” DAR said.
These research demonstrations were based on the priorities of Basotho farmers related to improving crop production against the effects of climate change.
Access to diverse valuable crop production techniques was highly considered.
Climate change effects are further threatening an already challenging crop mega environment in Lesotho, which are identified as subject to climate change effects, with high vulnerability and low adoption capacity.
The District Agricultural Officers in Berea and Quthing applauded the farmers for being involved in the research demonstrations in order to witness performance of various crop varieties.
The farmers were requested to share information and experience on what they witnessed with their fellow farmers.
On the other hand, farmers involved in the demonstrations expressed their satisfaction on the performance of crop varieties demonstrated.
They encouraged other farmers to adopt those varieties as it was evident that food insecurity challenges could be solved.