Salima, March 31, 2017: Farmers in Salima district have been urged to adopt conservation agriculture and the use of local manure to enhence productivity and crop yields.
The Executive Director for Assemblies of God Care (AG Care) a development arm of the Malawi Assemblies of God John Kanthungo said this on Thursday during a field day they organized in Group Village Head Mayambo in the district.
He said the un-predictable climate requires farmers to adopt new farming technologies that do not need a lot of money and resources.
“The use of local technnologies in agriculture is responding to all our needs, with the outcome we have seen, it is really a game changer in the farming industry. If we continue practising this kind of agriculture we can overcome hunger. These have simplified farming and I don’t think people will stand on receiving handouts again,” Kanthungo said.
Extension Methodologies Officer for Salima agriculture office Austin Kaunda said although it is hard for local farmers to adopt change, it’s high time they learnt from others.
“We are expecting to see more farmers adopting the new technologies and to make use of them. They can have high yields on a small piece of land despite the climate change we are experiencing,” he said.
Kaunda added that the new farming technologies are cheap compared to the old farming methods.
Develious Robert, one of the farmers who have benefited from conservation agriculture commended the technology and said the technology is transforming his life.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA