One Acre Fund Malawi ventures into Re-afforestation

One Acre Fund, an agro-financial lending institution which focuses on providing farm inputs to farmers on loan, has intensified efforts in the re-afforestation drive in the country.

The organization’s government relations officer, Bertha Namelo Kapitao, says the idea is to help in the improvement of soil health and land conservation in a bid to mitigate climatic shocks which has greatly affected crop productivity in the country.

Kapitao made the remarks on Tuesday in the area of Village Headman Ngalawesa Traditional Authority Sandrak in Chiradzulu district when the organisation was distributing about 12, 436 tree seedlings to 493 farmers in the area.

"As an organisation which works with small holder farmers for them to be food secure, we realise that our vision will not be achieved if we do not join in the fight against the effects of climate change hence our decision," said Kapitao.

She added that the organisation has earmarked to distribute over one million tree seedlings to some 57, 097 farmers in the district.

Director of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Denis Zingen hailed the organisation’s  gesture saying it will go a long way in improving crop productivity in the district.

Zingeni disclosed further that authorities in the district are planning to plant about 3 million tree seedlings during the 2023 – 2024 forestry season calling for support from other partners.

Since 2013 One Acre Fund Malawi has been assisting small scale farmers to boost their crop productivity by providing them with farm in puts on loan.

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