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By Samuel Kalimira:

TAKE RESEARCH SERIOUSLY—Desborough (right)

The government has been urged to facilitate quick adoption of new farming technologies for farmers to avert climate change effects and improve productivity.

The call was made by Tear Fund, a United Kingdom-based charity organisation working towards ending poverty in the continent.

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Tear Fund Grant Officer, Ryan Desborough, said this at Mhuju in Rumphi District after touring some development projects being implemented by Synod of Livingstonia’s Development Department (Soldev).

Soldev is implementing smart agriculture projects and teaching farmers systematic ways of curbing fall armyworms’ challenges.

“Let the government and farmers take research findings very seriously because, with climate change, the findings are likely to provide lasting solutions,” Desborough said.

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Tear Fund country Programmes Manager, Aron Lewani, commended the organisation for the initiative.

“We are very pleased with the conservation agriculture project which is being implemented here in Rumphi,” Lewani said.

Soldev Programmes Coordinator, Richard Sulu, asked donors to consider supporting the initiative.

“We are calling on other partners to come forward and support a number of interventions we are implementing here in Rumphi. We believe, by doing so, we are going to make a better Malawi,” Sulu said.

The project is also aimed at promoting conservation of natural resources and promoting self-help initiatives..

Soldev is implementing the programme with funds from the Scottish government through Tear Fund.

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