IMG-20170418-WA0006One of the coaster for hire

By Augustine kambuzi Banda

The Small Producers Development and Transporters Association has ventured into a car hire business that aims at offering various transport services in the country.
This means that apart from its vision which focuses on helping small scale farmers in food security, resilient and economically improved lives, the association also embarks car hire as an income generating activity.

In making sure that the business should be viable, Sprodeta has already bought a Mini Bus amounting close to 4 Million Kwacha (about $6300) and a Toyota Paso which is about 946 Thousand Kwacha (about $1300).

In an interview with the Finance Administrator for Sprodeta Paul Mazunda said the development is of great important as it will strengthen the organization as it has been depending on donor support to implement its project which is now dwindling.
“Today there is too much competition to get support from donors because there are many organization applying for donor aid.
The only remedy to this is by starting an income generating activity that is why we have purchased the two vehicles as a starting point”, added Mazunda.
However Mazunda said venturing in such business does not mean the organization will stop its project with farmers in the country.
“I want to assure our partners especially small scale farmers that as Sprodeta we will continue working with them in all our projects because that is our core value of our existence”, He said

In his remarks one of Tax owners in Mzuzu City Silvester Kapondera said when new people venture into the same business it brings high competition on the market which also improves services that the business offers to customers.
“It’s obvious any business person want to be a sole play on the market as to have more customer in order to make profits.
It’s a wakeup call to us as taxi owners to find ways of improving customers services because there is competition”, Added Kapondera.
As one way of market expansion the organization plans to spread across the country in 5 years. The organization currently is working with over 10,000 local farmers in Mzimba district.

The organization was formed in 2009 by Board of Trustees in consultation with local leaders and aims at empowering small producers and marginalized men, women and youth so that they achieve sustainable development.



Wakulemba: Augustine Kambuzi Banda.

Wupu wa Cadecom wa diocese ya Mzuzu ulikwamba ntchito ya kulutiska pa nthazi  ulimi wa mbuto izo zili mu gulu la ntchunga ngeti skawa, tchunga na soya.

Ntchito iyi yikugwirika ku Champhira EPA mboma la Mzimba na Kaluluma EPA mboma la Kasungu.

Kwakuyanda na mlala wa upu wa Cadecom mu diocese ya Mzuzu a Shadrek Munthali wati ulimi wa ntchunga ungamanya kukwezga chuma cha chalo chino.

Iwo wayowoya ivi ku Radio Tigabane wati wayendera walimi wanji ku Kaluluma EPA na Champhira EPA, wa munthali wati walimi wayamba makola chomene pa ulimi wa tchunga.

“Ivyo nawona kuno vyakukondweska chomene, vikuphala kuti masambilo awo tikawasambizga walimi yakusankha mbuto yiwemi wakaya pulikiska makola.

Ulimi wa  mbuto za gulu la tchunga ndiwo panyengo ya sono ungatukula walimi wanadi kuluska ulimi wa hona, naumo nawonera walimi withu chaka chino vikuwonseska kuti wasangenge phindu likulu chomene chifukwa wanji mwa iwo misika wayisanga kale”,Ndimo wakayowoyera a Munthali.

Yumoza mwa walimi wakwandaniska mbuto ya soya a Attire Phiri kufuma ku Kaulusi section ku Champhira EPA wati wakupambaniska chomene phindu ilo wakalisanganga pakwamba pambere wandasambizgike vya kupanda mbuto yiwemi na sono apo wakuti wasangenge phindu likulu chomen.

“Ine ulimi wa soya nkhayambako nikale kulima kweni phindu pawevyenge mwachiyerezgero, pa 1 hectara nkhasanganga waka matumba 10 ya 50 kgs apo sono umo nalimila 1 hetactare na upangili wa Cadecom nikwaniskenge mathumba 30  gha 50kgs”, wakalogosola a Phiri.

A phiri wati pa ulimi wa chilimika chino wapanda mbuto ya soya wa makwacha wakukwana 60 kgs pa hectare yimoza, iwo wati wakukhazga kuti chilimika chino wasangenge phindu likulu chomene pa ulimi wa soya.

“Nakuti sono nidupulenge makopala chifukwa ine musika nilikuwusanga kale ndipo tilikupangana kuti wazamunigula 400 kwacha pa kg yimoza apo kale pa kg yimoza tikaguliskanga waka 120 kwacha ndipo phindu pakawevye kweni sono nkhuwona kuti nitukukenge chomene”, wakadenentha a Phiri.

A phiri wakati phindu ilo walisangenge pa ulimi wa soya liwavwirenge pa kupwererera banja lawo, iwo wakajithemba kuti ngolo, ngo’ombe panji galimoto wagulenge kwizila mu ndalama za soya chilimika chino.

Ndipo pakuthirira nthendelo pa umo walimi wapindulirenge na ulimi wa mbuto za ntchunga mlangizi wa upu wa Cadecom a Temwa Moyo wakati walimi ku chigawa cha Champhira wawoneska phamphu pakulondezga makola masambiro gha kusankha mbuto ziwemi.

“Nga mlangizi ndine wakukondwa chomene kuwaona umo walimi walimila mbuto zawo vikuwoneka kuti wasangenge phindu likulu chomene chaka chino wanji mwa walimi withu misika wayisanga kale ivyo vyatikwezga nkhumbi nga Cadecom”, Ndimo wakayowoyera a Moyo.

Pakuyowoya na Radio Tigabane mlangizi mulala wa Cadecom ku Nkhamenya wa Stalin Shaba wapanga chikwelete na walimi awo wandasangilenthu  misika ya mbuto zawo za gulu la ntchunga.

“Kwa walimi withu awo wandasange misika khuwaphalira kuti waleke kudinginyika chifukwa wupu wa Cadecom unozgenge viwoneskero ivyo walimi wazamuwa na mwawi wakusaska mbuto zawo kwa ma vendor ndipo tili na chigomezga kuti kwizila mu nthowa iyi wazamuvwirika chomene”, Ndimo wakayowoyera a Shaba.

Wupu wa Cadecom ukugwira ntchito ya kulutiska pa nthazi ulimi wa ntchunga mwakukoleranako na school ya masambilo ghavya ungwantha ya Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources na Wageningen University of Research. Panyengo ya sono ntchito iyi yafikila kale walimi pafupifupi 3,000.



By Augustine Kambuzi Banda

If you are travelling to or from Lilongwe using M1 Road passing through Jenda rural growth center without buying Tomato then you are missing the most palatable Tomato most people cherish in the country which has also made most farmers improve their living standards.

The most Tomato that people buy in the country emanates from the areas of Champhira Extension Planning Area which are then transported to Jenda rural growth where selling and buying of Tomato reigns.

One well-known Tomato farmer in the area of Group Village Head Man Mswaphira Traditional Authority Maulabo in Mzimba, who have realized tremendous profits from Tomato sells Tobias Mwandira can sing songs of joy with farming.

In an interview with him, he boosted to have managed buying 2 Cattle’s at 180,000 kwacha ($240) 4 Goats at 60,000 kwacha ($80) one DT Motorbike at 850,000 kwacha ($1,133), Mwandila anticipate to buy a vehicle this year.

“After selling Tomato last year I managed to buy Cattle, Goats, one Motorbike and Dstv, am able to support my family through tomato farming.

My family is living a happy life we are in the village but able to watch soccer on Dstv people think these things are only possible for those who live in the City.

This year my plan is to buy a vehicle for transportation of my produce to the market, currently am using an oxcart and we usually travel at night to sell tomato at Jenda which gives pleasure and put our lives in danger”, he adds.

Despite these achievements Mwandila said in Tomato farming there are a lot problems which hinders yields, for instance he said pests and diseases are some of the challenges though technical intervention are planned to mitigate them.

“Tomato is one of the most difficult crops to cultivate it needs to much attention from the farmer, this year army worms engulfed our fields but we managed to treat them with pesticides”, said Mwandila.

Apart from Tobias Mwandila there are also other farmers in the same area who sing songs of joy with tomato farming, it’s like a tale of two cities, while people are making money in rural areas some people who flocked in urban areas to seek for greener pastures distinguishes town life with home.

In his remark Godfrey Chirwa from the same area who has stayed in Mzuzu City for 6 years said he has gained nothing tangible from city life.

Chirwa said he was shocked to find tremendous achievement his friends have gained through Tomato Farming when he visited his home.

“I was surprised looking at how people have improved at home, they have built houses roofed with iron sheets some have even bought motorbikes, the truth is that people in our area have improved, we were far much behind comparing with other villages but today things have changed.

Yes in town here we find money but not compared with what our friends have gained at home life is expensive today in our city which does not satisfy our unlimited needs, and because of this very soon I will be also settling home to start farming”, he adds

Meanwhile one of the leading organization in Mzuzu city which work with small farmers in the country Sprodeta says one way to help farmers gain profits  on the market is to create cooperatives where farmers will be pricing there produce together.

In an interview with Paul Mazunda who work as Finance Administrator said cooperatives helps farmers to sell their produce at a better price compared to farmers selling to vendors without involving cooperative which blocks farmers from developing.

“As Sprodeta we believe in empowering farmers through capacity building, we have already built market shelters where farmers sell their produce, one shelter is at Bwengu and another one at Kasambakholi along M1 road, a lot of people use this road which means some may buy their products.

Our plan is to form cooperatives which will empower farmers to find markets for their produce and sell at good prices, usually vendors take advantage of buying at a low price when they are buying to one farmer but this time farmers will be able  to face unscrupulous vendors”, he added.

Tomato is one of most commonly used fruits in kitchen across the globe for daily meals which s has an impact on the growth of the economy for countries which encourages farmers to venture in tomato farming rather than tobacco which has stopped trending well on the market.