Blantyre: Blantyre ADD has advised farmers in areas which were hardly hit by the dry spell and Fall Army Worms in the just ending farming calendar to start preparing their land and venture into irrigation farming for them to have bumper yield.
In the last rainy season, most areas in the Southern Region, including Mwanza, Chiradzulu and Mulanje were hardly hit by the dry spell, leading to low harvest. Some of these areas also suffered Fall Army Worms attack, leaving most farmers helpless.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday, Blantyre ADD Programs Manager, Erick Halaman said this was the best time farmers in the mentioned areas started preparing their fields.
In case of a repeat of such a dry spell or Fall Army Worms in the next rainy season, they should stand a better chance of benefitting from the first rains and have better yield at the end of the day.
Prior to that, they should try irrigation farming more especially those farmers that live along water sources. This is the only way they can be hunger free, he said.
Halaman said Blantyre ADD is intensifying irrigation farming in such areas by teaching farmers on how best they can go about the farming system to achieve bumper yield.
We have intensified irrigation farming in Lirangwe, Kunthembwe and Lisungwi extension planning areas (EPAs) in Neno and Thambani in Mwanza. In these areas farmers have already started irrigation farming and it is very promising that they will have abundant yield, Halaman said.
Meanwhile, he has commended government for ensuring that farmers and families whose crops suffered the dry spell and Fall Army Worms have enough food to eat by giving them Maize.
Apart from the said areas, the dry spell also attacked some parts of the northern and central regions.
In the light of the dry spell which occurred between January and February, 2018, President Peter Mutharika assured Malawians that nobody would die of hunger despite the adverse weather conditions and outbreak of the fall army worms.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA