Sunday, May 26, 2024

Malawi Pres. Chakwera says farm mechanisation key in eradicating hunger

Lazarus Chakwera
President Lazarus Chakwera emphasized the vital role of farm mechanization in combating hunger. The President was speaking at the Wovwe Irrigation Scheme in Karonga yesterday.  During his address, the President highlighted the efficacy of modern farming techniques employed at the scheme, underscoring their ability to yield substantial and abundant crops with minimal investment.

“Wovwe Irrigation Scheme has been rehabilitated and the use of mechanised farming methods will speed up and lessen use of human physical power, thereby realising increased yield.
“This scheme and other projects taking shape here portray the type of development we need as a country. It is good to see that people from all over Malawi have been involved in this scheme for a very long time. Such approaches will contribute to the achievement of Malawi 2063,” said Chakwera.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Mwirang’ombe hailed the President for initiating various development projects in Karonga District.
The 700-hectare Wovwe Irrigation Scheme was established in 1969 and currently has 1,777 beneficiaries.
It has an estimated seasonal yield of 3,350 metric tonnes of rice with an estimated value of K3.7 billion.
The scheme has been rehabilitated by the Ministry of Agriculture under the Programme for Rural Irrigation Development to enable it become one of the prominent and proactive mega farms in Malawi.
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