Mulanje — The Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) on Friday handed over a K6.7 million Chilimbi Irrigation Scheme to communities around Group Village Head Nande in Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje.
Making the handover, CARD Executive Director, Melton Luhanga said his organization decided to engage communities in small scale irrigation as one of the strategies to enhance community resilience so that they adapt to shocks emanating from natural disasters and effects of climate change.
"We believe that if communities are encouraged to practice small scale irrigation they would be able to harvest twice or thrice a year even if the weather is bad in other years," said Luhanga.
Luhanga added that small scale irrigation also assist those with limited land size to have adequate food as well as income at household level.
In her remarks, District Agriculture Development Officer for Mulanje, Sheila Kang'ombe commended the initiative by CARD saying involving communities in small scale irrigation would reduce poverty and adverse effects of climate change that paralyze crop production like floods and dry spells hence encouraging smallholder farmers to practice irrigation farming as a tool to combat poverty becomes the best option.
Group Village Nande called for continued collaboration among his subjects, CARD officials and agriculture officials in order to benefit more from the irrigation scheme.
Taking advantage of the handover ceremony, Seed-Co Regional Commercial Representative, Hannock Madeira encouraged farmers to seek information about the variety they may wish to purchase saying other varieties take long to mature further advising that SC 403 (Kanyani ) is the best for irrigation as it matures early.