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Farmers hail Alliance One contract farming

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Some farmers in Ntchisi and Dowa have hailed the impact of Integrated Production System (IPS) which is also known as contract farming, saying it has transformed their lives.

This was disclosed recently as farmers from the two districts displayed their wealth accumulated from the project at Landirani Model School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalumo in Ntchisi.

The farmers, who are under contract farming through Alliance One Tobacco Company Limited, shared so many success stories during the displays.

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Limbikani Mandere from Nthesa Scheme in Dowa said through contract farming, he bought three cars, built three decent houses and paid school fees for his children.

“Since I joined contract farming in 2005, my life has changed. I am living a decent life and able to support my family without many challenges,” Mandere said.

He said in the just-ended tobacco season, he earned over K16 million in profits from flue cured tobacco.

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Godfrey Phaso of Khuwi Scheme in Ntchisi said he has benefited a lot from contract farming after buying three cars and livestock.

“I employ more than eight people every year to help me and I do not have problems in paying them because I earn more money after selling flue cured tobacco. I bought a minibus through farming which is generating money every day to cater for my family needs,” Phaso said.

El iford Chikuse also of Khuwi Scheme shared some success stories.

“Before I joined Alliance One contract farming, there was nothing I could show for my sweat. But now I am a successful farmer, thanks to Alliance One for transforming my life,” Chikuse said.

Alliance One, through IPS, provides the farmers with maize seeds and fertiliser so that their families are food secure.

Through contract farming, farmers have access to inputs and have guaranteed market.

Contract companies provide best varieties of seeds and advisory services from production to the market.

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