German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Malawi has committed to encouraging farmers to adopt modern agricultural practices that will help in conservation of water and soil to improve food security in Mchinji district.
Deputy Team Leader of GIZ social protection programme Selvi Vikan made the remarks in Mchinji on Wednesday when GIZ donated three motorcycles to Mchinji District Council to the watershed catchment management project the institution is implementing in Sub Traditional Authority Kapunula in the district.
She said the institution is implementing the programme to promote land conservation and prevent erosion.
“There is potential of good crop production in the area if the soil fertility is improved and with the training the community leaders are receiving through the project, we hope at the end of the project people will improve their livelihoods,” Vikan said.
Speaking when she received the donation on behalf of Mchinji Council, District Commissioner Rosemary Nawasha commended GIZ for the donation saying the motorcycles will ease transport problems for the forestry, the lands and planning departments.
“As a district council we face numerous problems in monitoring projects by our development partners due to transport problems, but with the motorcycles the problem will be reduced,” she said.
The one year programme among other things will focus on rehabilitating gullies in the area and imparting skills to extension workers and farmers to enhance diversification of livelihoods and promote entrepreneurship through farming.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA