IRLAD saves 29 Blantyre farmers

Blantyre, Over 29 farmers from Mlanga Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Nsomba in Blantyre are benefiting from Mlanga Irrigation Scheme which was constructed with the help from Irrigation, Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Development (IRLAD).

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA)Monday, Chairlady for Mlanga Irrigation Scheme Grace Mafuta said IRLAD helped them with 220 bags of cement in order for them to construct the scheme which they are using now.

“IRLAD has also been helping us with different varieties of seeds like; maize, beans and vegetables for us to grow in our fields,” she said.

Mafuta added that nearby villages like; Manyenje, Mwandika as well as Mkoka 1 and 2 have been motivated with their project and went ahead to construct their own schemes.

The development Secretary for Mlanga Irrigation Scheme Victoria Kachembere said she has benefited a lot from the scheme since she has managed to build a house through the project.

“Apart from the house, I also have a kraal of goats and I sell these goats to find school fees for my children and I have hope that they will complete their education,” she said.

Village Headman for Mlanga Village Stanley Mandowa said people are indeed benefiting from the scheme since they have enough food to feed their families the whole year.

He noted that land scarcity is hindering other people from joining the scheme since there is no space for them to open farms.

The scheme was introduced in Mlanga Village in 2008 and currently has 29 members of which 25 are women and 4 are men.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA