Balaka Farmers Urged to Plant Early Maturing Crops

Zingeni Zingeni - pic by Chrispine Msiska

 

The Balaka District Council Agriculture Department says 27, 893 families have been affected by prolonged dry-spell and floods caused by tropical storm Ana between October 2021 and January 2022.

Chief Agriculture Environmental and Natural Resources Officer, Dennis Emmanuel Zingeni, says government has since secured about 5,000 hectares land where farmers can irrigate and grow early maturing crops.

The affected area is 2,500 hectares.

Zingeni says farmers are being provided with early maturing varieties of crops such as cow peas, cassava tubers and orange sweet potatoes.

Farmers are also being advised to rare chicken, ducks, rabbits, and quails.

Balaka is a rain shadow area from below Zomba mountain right through Nkaya, Manjawila and beyond.

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