Malawi: Irrigation Ministry Partners With World Vision to Boost Agriculture

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George Mhango
March 06, 2016

To ensure children and various families live a healthier life, World Vision Malawi and government officials have urged communities to champion modern farming technologies that would help avert hunger and climate change.

This comes amid a joint agricultural field day which Chigodi Area Programme (AP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development held in Chitekwere Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Lilongwe few days ago.

World Vision and Government Officials in One of the Soya Fields in Lilongwe district
World Vision and Government Officials in One of the Soya Fields in Lilongwe district

Assistant district agriculture development officer for Lilongwe district, Chautsi, who was the guest of honour, said the event game farmer’s opportunity to share different farming technologies and practices.

The stands and sites prepared focused mainly on conservation agriculture (CA), chinadango fertilizer applied maize field, soya production, alley cropping and ground nuts production, Paprika production, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), cassava production, fortified beans production, among others.

Chautsi said he doesn’t feel good when lead farmers queue for maize in Admarc yet the modern farming technologies are geared at averting food shortage.

“Emulate what fellow farmers do so that you increase crop production and attaining food security status in your households,” he said.

Chautsi said government has the responsibility to ensure that each farmer produces good harvest every year so that children have food to eat throughout the year.

“This is a big task and government alone cannot afford, that’s why non-governmental organisations like World Vision are here to complement such efforts,” he said.

One of the livestock farmers in Chigodi
One of the livestock farmers in Chigodi

Freeman Gonambali food and security coordinator—who spoke on behalf of World Vision—said the organisation would like to see each household be food secure to improve nutrition, health and economic status of children and every household member.

He further encouraged farmers to adopt modern farming technologies in order to realize bumper harvest.

“World Vision is committed to complement government effort to ensure food availability, hence the good work relation,” said Gonambali.

He promised a vibrant continued working relationship between World Vision and Government, especially Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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