By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
Bishop John Ryan has urged Malawians not to take nsima as the only staple food in the country which can help people to stay health.
The bishop said this today at St Thomas the Apostle Parish where he celebrated mass of risen Christ and offered the sacrament of confirmation to over 120 people.
Speaking in an interview after mass the Bishop said Malawi has enough maize this year because it had received good rains, however he urged Malawians not to depend only on maize as the main crop.
“Yes we know Sima is very important to us as Malawians but lets change our mindset that Sima is not the only food that we can eat to stay health we have other crops that are good to our health.
This year we have bumpy yields because we had good rains we thank God for that, lets continue planting more crops together as one way preventing crop diseases thereby having more food”, He Adds.
The Bishop commended the work of Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) which is helping farmers in crop diversity in the country.
“To make sure that people have enough food, the church through CADECOM is working with people in Mzimba to promote sustainable production of vegetables and honey at St Padre Pio and St Augustine Parish this helps to have more food”, he adds.
Right Rev John Alphonsus Ryan Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese in February this year presided over and launched a project which aims at saving lives of hunger stricken households through provision of life saving food during the 2016/17 consumption year in Rumphi and Mzimba district with support from Papal Emergency fund.
The message of the Bishop comes barely three months after the president of republic of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Munthalika also asked Malawian not only to depend on nsima as staple food.