NGO Promotes Deep Bed Farming

Officials appreciating maize grown using deep bed technology in Manyamula extension planning area in Mzimba Officials appreciating maize grown using deep bed technology in Manyamula extension planning area in Mzimba

An NGO working in the agriculture sector - Tiyeni Organization says Malaŵi is losing 39 tonnes of fertile topsoil per hectare a year due to erosion a development which is impacting negatively on crop yields in the country due to scraggy poor soils.

Tiyeni Executive Director Isaac Chavula made the remarks during a field day to appreciate yields of maize for farmers who have adopted the deep bed farming method the organization is promoting in Mzimba district.

"We are losing a lot of topsoils and according to FAO 2014, 39 metric tonnes of soil is lost due to erosion so we believe our hunger situation is being created by us because the soil is our major resource in agriculture production," said Chavula.

Chavula says the only way farmers can avoid erosion of topsoil is by adopting deep bed farming technology which conserves soils and water saying it's also ideal in these times of climate change.

"if countrywide we go for deep bed farming the only technology that prevents erosion then we would have abundant food," said Chavula.

He made the remarks during a tour to appreciate how farmers have benefitted from deep bed farming technology as it maximizes yields per hectare.

Chavula appealed to the ministry of agriculture to adopt the deep bed farming method and cascade it further through its extension services.

"For three seasons now we have been doing our research with the ministry of agriculture to make sure that government takes up this technology, Tiyeni alone cannot satisfy the demand for this technology but going forward government can use their extension workers to ensure that many farmers adopt deep bed farming in their farming", said Chavula.

An agriculture development extension officer for Manyamula extension planning area Mistens Mshani said all the farmers who adopted deep bed farming this year will not have hunger as they have maximized their produce

"With the current changes in the climate deep bed farming technology being promoted by Tiyeni is the way to go as farmers are now maximizing their yields of maize by almost 100%, so yes the same piece of land is now doubling produce due to this technology", said Mshani.

Some farmers in Manyamula extension planning area have commended deep bed farming saying this year they will harvest more maize as compared to other years.

Over 17000 farmers have benefited from deep bed farming - a technology that prevents erosion and retains organic matter in the soil across the nation.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 30/03/2021

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