Farmers urged to adopt new farming technologies for climate change mitigation

Written by  Alex Mwangosi

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has described the adverse climatic change as a major setback in the agricultural industry in Malawi.

Farmers are taken into one of the fields Farmers are taken into one of the fields

Chief Agriculture Extension Services Officer in the Ministry Noel Limbani was speaking in Mzuzu during a field day organized by Mzuzu North District Agriculture Development Office.

“Field days are meant to share knowledge and expertise on good farming practices. Farmers need to learn and implement what they have learnt here,” advised Limbani.

He also advised farmers to work in groups to ensure that they access big markets and other financial assistance from development partners to boost their agricultural activities.

“On working in groups or clubs: it is very important because development partners prefer helping farmers in groups. Not only that but it is also easy to find big markets both within and outside Malawi,” said Noel Limbani.

Limbani then advised farmers to adopt new technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Taking his part, Mzuzu ADD Programme Manager Wellington Phewa said his office organized the field day in town to alert people on different services farmers can access in government offices.

“We deliberately organized the field day in the city because we wanted farmers to know our institutions which offer different services in the agriculture sector. As you know we started the field day at the Mzuzu Residential Agriculture Training Centre where people appreciated different crops being grown by the Extension Officers as part of their training on the Job.

Thereafter, the crew was taken to the Ponds where fish production is being carried out by the department of Fisheries before going to Lunyangwa Agriculture Research Station to see different activities being implemented by experts. Finally the main activities took place at Doroba where dairy activities under the Cooperative Society were showcased,” explained Phewa.

And Inkosana Kamukhoti Mkandawire thanked Non-Governmental Organizations for partnering with government in developing the agricultural sector in the country.

Among them were Find Your Feet, Tiyeni Organisation, Action for Sustainable Development-ASUD and the government research institution in Lunyangwa, under the theme: Diversified climate resilient agricultural technologies for sustainable food nutrition and income security.

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