Nsanje on the track to end hunger-DC
District Commissioner for Nsanje, Dr Medson Matchaya, has expressed belief that the construction of seven new irrigation schemes currently underway in the district will assist in reducing hunger.
He was speaking Wednesday after inspecting irrigation works at Tiyanjane and Chimwalambango Irrigation Schemes in Traditional Authority Mbenje and Malemia respectively in the district.
Matchaya said the construction of new irrigation schemes is in line with the council’s development plans of addressing hunger which he described as the main challenge affecting people in the district.
“According to our social economic profile, hunger is the major problem affecting people in the district, as such, we want to address the district’s main problem through promotion of irrigation farming,” he said.
Dr. Matchaya said people in the district do not harvest a lot due to floods and droughts that normally hit the district interchangeably.
“If there is no drought, then it is floods which are both hostile environments for farming. These affect communities who rely on subsistence farming to feed their families and to earn a living,” he added.
On this note, Dr. Matchaya said he was impressed with activities being undertaken by farmers at both schemes he visited, adding that once the schemes that are under construction are completed, hunger would be history in the district.
“It is embarrassing to note that due to droughts and floods, the district depends on government and partners for survival each and every year.
“I am certain that through irrigation faming, the district will be food secure,” he said.
Maize Field at Chimwalambango Irrigation Scheme
Dr. Matchaya, therefore, called upon nongovernmental organizations to compliment government efforts of alleviating hunger in the district by investing in irrigation farming.
Chimwalambango Irrigation Scheme was recently handed over to the district council by Commissioner for Disaster Management affairs in Malawi, Charles Kalemba.
In his remarks during the handover, Kalemba said DODMA was interested in providing long lasting solution to the challenge of hunger in the country, unlike provision of food aid each year.
“Nsanje District has potential to feed its people and Malawi at large; we want to invest more in irrigation farming so that people from Shire Valley should have enough food in their basket,” he added.
Tiyanjane Irrigation Scheme has 105 farmers and was constructed by CARD in 2012.