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Government for intensified irrigation systems

ESSENTIAL—Lowe (centre) inspecting one of the schemes

Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to intensify irrigation in all parts of the country as a way of boosting agriculture output and ensuring that the country has sufficient food.

He said this when he visited Likhubula, Mwampanzi, Mtendere and Nazolo B irrigation schemes in Chikwawa District.

He said the projects have brought about meaningful impact to farmers and communities.

Lowe said the government would continue engaging and empowering farmers.

“It seems that there are some farmers that appreciate the importance of having water as capital, while some do not. Few farmers are actually implementing the project, meaning that there are social issues to deal with,” Lowe said.

He then called on the farmers to make the most of the schemes.

Chikwawa North Member of Parliament Owen Chomanika said there have been efforts to strengthen the links between stakeholders to ensure the district does not fall behind in its efforts to effectively utilise irrigation projects.

“We are very optimistic because this is the first time we have planted after it was renovated. We are also working to mobilise the farmers and their groups so that we maximise the Likhubula scheme soon,” Chomanika said.

Irrigation is one of the priority areas in the agricultural sector.

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