1 April 2014

Malawi: MLBs to Provide New Agriculture Techniques to 20, 000 Farmers

Salima — Malawi Lake Basin Programme (MLBS) now called WE EFFECT says it would embark on teaching new agriculture techniques to 20, 000 small-holder farmers in Salima in the next four years.

This is one way of ensuring that small-holder farmers are maximizing crop production in the face of climate change.

Speaking on Thursday after a field tour organized for members of the Salima District Executive Committee (DEC) to sample some of the organizations works, the District Program Coordinator Blandina Nkhoma said the project's main goal is to ensure that small-holder farmers are given skills and techniques that will assist them to take agriculture as a business.

"Farmers can only move to this status if they acquire and use effective agriculture techniques that will help them maximize the use of their land no matter how small it is.

"Meanwhile, we have started a new programme which will run up to 2018 and in this new program we want to extend the number of our current direct beneficiaries from 12,500 farmers to 20,000 farmers," she said.

Nkhoma said the company assists government in providing free agriculture extension services to small-holder farmers.

"But we go beyond agriculture extension because we also help the farmers to start cooperatives and some are drilled to form village saving loan (VSL) groups and environment conservation groups," she said.

The agriculture techniques which the organization is teaching the farmers include use of mature replacing organic fertilizers and conservation agriculture.

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