Blantyre, Farmers in the country have been urged to grow hybrid crops that are resistant to diseases and drought as a means of promoting food security at household level among communities in the country.
This was revealed during an agricultural field day held in Senior Chief Kunthembwe’s area in Blantyre on Friday.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) during the event, Field Coordinator for Total Land Care in Kunthembwe Extension Planning Area (EPA), Chrisple Lazaro encouraged farmers to grow hybrid crops because they produce bumper yields.
“We encourage farmers to practice modern farming by growing hybrid crops because they mature early and correspond with rainfall patterns,” said Lazaro.
He commended farmers around Kunthembwe EPA for changing their mindsets and adopting new methods of farming that have promoted food security in their households.
Commenting on the development Flora Amula one of the farmers from Nkhumba Village, Group Village Headman Kadikira said modern agriculture has greatly benefited her household over the last seven years.
“Food security and finances at my house has tremendously improved since I started conserving moisture and manure in my gardens through harmonised agriculture which was introduced in this area by Sustainable Agricultural Production Programme (SAPP),” said Amula.
The field day was facilitated by the District Agricultural Extension Coordinating Committee (DAEC) and was patronised by; district council officials, agriculture committee members of the council, officials from agriculture office, politicians, traditional leaders, and private sector stakeholders and community members.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA