In order to counter effects of the looming hunger, Member of Parliament for Mzimba North Agnes Nyalonje on Monday donated 3.2 metric tonnes of hybrid maize seed to 2,000 constituents to be used in winter cropping.
Following the donation, the constituency is expected to produce 21,800 bags of maize from the 109 hectares in the next 115 days under Bwengu Extension Planning Area (EPA).
Nyalonje said she decided to invest in food security to empower her constituents so that they have food in their homes.
She said after discussions with the youth in the constituency, they agreed to suspend her trophy and divert the resources to food production to beat the hunger.
“If the people do not plant in winter gardens, they will just wait for government for relief food items. For me, it is an investment so that people have control in their homes,” said Nyalonje, adding that she spent about K2.7 million on the maize seeds.
Bwengu Agriculture Extension Development Coordinator, Patrick Kanyika, said the donation came at the right time when the 109 hectares were just idle and in need of winter cropping.
Chief Jalavikuba called on government not just to concentrate on the flood-stricken areas for food relief, saying hunger has not spared any district in the country
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