In a bid to reduce hunger and improve agriculture in smallholder farmers in Mulanje, World Vision Malawi (WVM) on Thursday donated farm inputs worth K5.2 million to farmers of Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema.
The inputs included 100 packets of maize seed, 200 bags of fertilizer and were given to farmers from the irrigation schemes of Nsambanyali, Manyamba and Lembanguwo.
World Vision also donated 30 bicycles, gumboots and raincoats to village savings promoters to help them connect well with saving groups in the area.
Speaking after handing over the assistance to the community, Crenodia Chigamba who is World Vision’s South Zone Food Security and Resilience Coordinator said her organization is committed to partnering with government in improving productivity, sustainability and resilience to smallholder farmers in the country.
She said, “World Vision is geared to building the livelihood capitals of smallholder farmers and thereby build well-being and enhance resilience against shocks.
“The organization is passionate about food security hence promoting irrigation farming so that farmers should harvest three times a year.
“To ensure children and other family members live a healthier life, World Vision Malawi and government are urging communities to champion modern farming technologies that would help avert hunger and climate change.
WVM Programme Manager for Njema Area, Wezi Mjathu said the irrigation project currently underway in T/A Njema will benefit 3,140 people and that in two years time to come, his organization is planning to cover 500 hectares with irrigation farming technologies.
Mjathu urged farmers of T/A Njema to increase crop production and attain food security status in their households.
“Farmers who are receiving this donation today are coming from Nsambanyali Irrigation Scheme which has 30 hectares, those from 80 hectares of Lembanguwo irrigation scheme including those from 15 hectares of Manyamba scheme.
“Attaining food security is a big task and government alone cannot afford, that’s why non-governmental organizations like World Vision are here to complement such efforts,” she said.
“World Vision is committed to complementing government effort to ensure food availability, hence the good working relationship,” added Mjathu.
One of the farmers from Nsambanyali Scheme, Patrick Tikhiwa said the donation of the farm inputs will go a long way in improving his agribusiness.
Tikhiwa said through assistance from World Vision, in 2014 he got MK430, 000 after selling tomato to business people.
Source: Malawi News Agency