Lilongwe ADD Inaugurates Field Days

Lilongwe ADD Inaugurates Field Days
Dedza District Council chairperson making his speech

Lilongwe Agricultural Development Division (LADD), on Tuesday, inaugurated Field Days under the theme: "Adoption of improved technologies and diversified agricultural production: key to sustainable food, nutrition and income security."

The event took place at Chule Primary School ground in Traditional Authority Kaphuka of Dedza district and brought together farmers, extension workers, and other stakeholders in agriculture from across the country.

In his speech, Dedza District Council Chairperson, Isaac Ziyayasaid field days help the country in its quest to achieve food and nutrition security by equipping farmers with knowledge and exposing them to technologies that increase and improve their productivity.

"Today I visited different farm fields in the district to appreciate how various farmers are doing and I am impressed to see that many are doing good in both crop and livestock production," he said.

He then hailed extension workers for the role they are playing in promoting good farming practices in the country saying many farming households have been empowered economically through their interventions.

Speaking earlier, Ministry of Agriculture, Director of Agricultural Extension Services, Jerome Nkhoma, said field days afford farmers opportunities to understand various technologies and practices that the government is promoting while agricultural officers benefit by learning how various research products are performing and helping farmers.

He added that, apart from encouraging farmers to adopt new farming techniques, they are also promoting agriculture commercialization this year by encouraging farmers to join cooperatives and perform value addition to their products to maximize profits to achieve financial stability.

"This year's theme has been selected because we want to ensure that all farming families in the region are food secure, healthy, and economically stable by maximizing their produce through the adoption of modern farming methods," Nkhoma said.

He, therefore, urged farmers and extension workers to take the field days seriously and to make use of the information that will be shared for the advancement of agriculture in the country.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Kaphuka hailed the government for its commitment towards improving the livelihoods of farmers in his area saying it has brought a lot of transformation socio-economically.

Pheston Stephano, a maize and soya farmer under group village head Chiothera in the district, said during the field visit he has learned to maximize maize production by planting a single seed per hole and how to diversify crop and livestock production, among other things.

Lilongwe ADD is composed of four district agricultural offices namely; Lilongwe East, Lilongwe West, Ntcheu, and Dedza. This year, the ADD has planned 400 field days to be carried out across the four districts.