Farmers in Mangochi have been warned against being complacent by the prospects of a bumper yield that Malawi is expected to have this year, and have been urged to continue irrigation farming as means of ensuring that they are food secure.
Parliamentarian for Mangochi North Constituency, Benedcito Chambo, made the remarks on Sunday at Mpiripiri Ground when he launched a K5 million irrigation farming trophy, which he said is aimed at encouraging farmers to engage in winter cropping.
Chambo observed that there is an indication that Malawi is this year going to have a bumper yield as opposed to last farming season, something Chambo said has made some local farmers abandon irrigation farming.
But the legislator warned that Malawians might end up facing hunger again if the country will not promote irrigation farming to increase food production which can also be a source of income to farmers.
“Most of our farmers depend on agriculture as their source of income. So what we are trying to do is to give them an opportunity to produce more crops which they can use for food as well as a source of income for their households. The trophy is aimed at giving the farmers a spirit of competition during their farming activities,” Chambo said.
Prizes that will go to best performers for the winter cropping competition include fertiliser, bicycles, treadle pumps and water canes among others.
Reacting to the development, Traditional Authority Makanjira said the trophy has come at a difficult time when some farmers in his area have had their crops destroyed by armyworms.
Makanjira thanked Chambo for introducing the crops which he said will help make his area food secure.
“There is no country that can develop when its people are hungry. We are grateful for this trophy because it will bring food to the people who, in turn can help contribute to developing their area,” Makanjira said.
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