One thousand and five hundred farmers have received free fertilisers in Chiradzulu District under the Kulima Project championed by ActionAid through the Food and Agriculture Organisation (Fao).
The farmers form part of the 45,000 households targeted to receive 80 kilogrammes of Urea and NPK fertilisers as a catalyst for achieving food security through the project.
One of the beneficiaries Thomas Mkwembe thanked the organisations for the assistance stressing he would not have managed to buy fertilisers as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted sale of his farm produce let alone his income.
“This fertiliser will help me a lot because Covid-19 has affected my business as a farmer because trade was disrupted,” Mkwembe said.
Agricultural Development and Extension Coordinator for Mombezi Extension Planning Area Fanny Kalambo revealed that the pandemic has also affected their operations.
“This will help the farmers to harvest enough for their consumption which will result it enhanced food security in the country,” she said.
Kulima project focal person in the Ministry of Agriculture Charles Nyirenda expressed confidence that the project would achieve the intended purpose.
“We expect that agricultural productivity will improve because, apart from the fertilisers, farmers also get advice and follow ups on best farming practices,” Nyirenda said.
At least 3,908 households are expected to benefit in Chiradzulu district which is one among 10 targeted districts.
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