By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
Non-governmental organizations have commended Government on the launch of agrofestry campaign in the country
The launch was held in northern region under Mzuzu ADD in Zombwe extension planning Area
Speaking to media program manager for Find Your Feet Organization Merina Mtonga commended government for launch which she said will help farmers to avert effects of climate change.
“As stakeholders to government we thank the government for the initiative we feel it will help farmers to have bumpy yields and avert the effects of climate change through agrofestry”, she said.
The programs Manager for Mzuzu ADD Agrey Kamanga said the campaign will help farmers to mitigate the effect of climate change through agroforestry farming.
“We have come up with a nursery for fruits and for ordinary trees in all Extension planning Area and village level which will help farmers to access money and mitigate the effects of climate change”, he said
Through the Ministry of Agriculture government has launched Agroforestry campaign in Blantyre and Chiradzulo ADD respectively before launching in the Northern Region under Mzuzu ADD.
The catholic Development commission of Mzuzu Diocese has embarked on a project which intends to improve livelihoods people through sustainable production of vegetables and honey in Mzimba.
Speaking to Radio Tigabane in an interview Gift Luwe who is the Programs Manager for CADECOMsaid the project with support from Danish Church Aid is targeting 1,000 households in the area of Traditional Authority Mtwalo and Kampingo Sibande
According to Luwe theproject aims at increasing production of high quality vegetables and honey which will help beneficiaries to improve their living standards.
“In this project we are targeting the vulnerable men, women, and youth who are near to markets areas of Mzuzu City,” Said Luwe.
Adding he said, “By the end of this project in December 2017, we expect to improve the lives of people on food security, income and reduce dependence on tobacco.
Acknowledging the development Right Rev John Alphonsus Ryan Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese who presided over and launched the project said the project will alleviate people from poverty and sustain their lives.
“Am happy that Cadecom has launched this project at first people were saying the church role is only to preach good news to the people and that development should only be done by government this project but will help the vulnerable groups to sustain their lives through farming”, Said the Bishop.
The project with support from Danish Church Aid will run up to December 2017with of over 40 million kwacha.