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KARONGA DIOCESE CADECOM DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS FOR WINTER CROPPING TO FARMERS

KARONGA DIOCESE CADECOM DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS FOR WINTER CROPPING TO FARMERS

By Noel Chatepa

Karonga Diocese CADECOM has distributed farm inputs for winter cropping to 500 farmers in the area of Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga from 6th to 7th June 2024.

The event which was held at Vinthukutu EPA was graced by the Vicar General for Karonga Diocese Monsignor Lorent Dziko and was attended by representatives from government and T/A Wasambo.

Monsignor Dziko (6th from Left) with some of the farmers

“This distribution exercise is very important as this area does not receive adequate rainfall and in 2023, this area also faced droughts so it is very beneficial to both the community and the diocese. We considered that as they have a water source close by hence the distribution of the seeds so that they may irrigate the crops to be able to harvest at least something”, Monsignor Dziko said.

Monsignor Dziko (L) handing over maize seed to some of the beneficiaries.

Monsignor Dziko also added that this will reduce instances of bad behaviour in the communities such as theft and excessive drinking instead the people will be focused on working on their fields.

Speaking on behalf of T/A Wasambo, GVH Jonas Mwanyanja said, “our minds have been opened and with these farm inputs we will be able to do winter cropping and I encourage my community to refrain from selling the farm inputs and to use them for their intended purpose”.

Monsignor Dziko (L) handing over maize seed to some of the beneficiaries.

Anne Silika Mbewe, one of the farmers set to benefit from the project said that she is very grateful as with the recent weather patterns, it has been hard for them to harvest during the normal farming season but with the farm inputs they have received and guidance from CADECOM field officers, she expects to have a good harvest from the winter cropping.

Monsignor Dziko (L) handing over a bag of fertilizer to GVH Jonas Mwanyanja.

Karonga Diocese CADECOM is implementing the Climate Just Communities project in the area of T/A Wasambo with assistance from DAI.

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