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Kulima better project impact lives of smallholder farmers in Chiradzulu

By Emily Kaliwo – Mana.

Smallholder farmers in Chiradzulu have commended Kulima-better project for changing their families from food insecurity to food security.

This was disclosed on Thursday during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting where some farmers testified to the committee on how the project has helped them live a better life.

One of the beneficiaries, Mary Gogoma from Chipango Farmer Field School (FFS) in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Ntchema said planting one seedling per planting station has made her harvest more than before when she was planting three seedlings on a planting station.

“I used to harvest three bags of maize on a quarter hector, but now am able to harvest 16 bags after adopting the system of planting one seed per planting station,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Frorence Goliati from Mada FFS in the area of TA Mpama said they have learnt local methods of doing away with fall army worms by applying peper (Sabola) which proved to be effective.

Project Coordinator for Action Aid Malawi, Greshan Kamnyamata said a number of farmers dropped due high expectations they had and Covid-19 which affected them negatively.

The five years project target 26, 299 farmers with funds from European Union (EU) and is being implemented in 10 districts of the country.

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