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Malawi tipped on food security

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By Mandy Pondani:

AT WORK— Farmers

Malawi could be food secure if the majority of farmers adopted new farming technologies, agriculture experts have observed.

The observation was made during a field day which the District Agriculture Development Office for Mzimba organised on Saturday.

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Crops Manager at Mzuzu Agriculture Development Division, Ulemu Tembo, said adaptation of high-yielding crops was the way to go, especially in the wake of climate change.

“Farmers have to embrace farming techniques they are taught to promote food security,” Tembo said.

Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa echoed the sentiments, saying climate change had put farmers on the knife’s edge.

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“With the effects of climate change, farmers need to cultivate crops that will be able to withstand intermittent rains and diseases,” Jalavikuwa said.

Some of the organisations that took part in the fair, which was held under the theme ‘Agricultural Diversification, Key to Improving Farmers’ Food and Income Security’, are Adventist Relief and Development Agency, Find Your Feet, Sprodeta and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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