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International NGO Consortium ready to fight massive army worm outbreaks

Written by  Watson Maingo

Mwafongo: Government working with partners

Salima, September 2, 2017: International Non Governmental Organization (INGO) Consortium has assured Malawians that it is ready to help in the fight against possible large scale outbreak of the fall army worm in the forth coming 2017-18 agriculture season.

INGO team leader, Henry Khonyongwa made the sentiments to MANA in an interview on Friday in Blantyre on the sidelines of a training workshop for District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) from 10 districts that are implementing disaster prevention interventions.

He said the Consortium which comprises six NGOs (Save the Children, Ox-farm, and United for Purpose, Coopi and Concerned Worldwide) is implementing a project worthy K 8 billion in the 10 districts that benefitted from the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) in 2016-17 season.

“The project aims at building resilience to disasters and prepare for unforeseen shocks and emergencies and it will be implemented in 10 districts six of which have been earmarked by 2017-18 MVAC report that they will experience food shortages,” the team leader said.

Khonyongwa explained that as INGO is addressing the usual challenge it is aware of the threat of the fall army worm and that it has already started supporting government to put up prevention measures.

“There is a lot which INGO together with other expert organizations such as FAO, are doing to make sure that the country is prepared to respond or prevent a large scale outbreak of the fall army worm,” he said.

Khonyongwa said some of the activities under way include special trainings for staff in the Ministry of Agriculture and purchase of pesticides.

Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Fyawupi Mwafogo said government through the Ministry of Agriculture is working hand in hand with its partners to avert any disastrous consequence in awake of a serious outbreak of the fall armyworm.

He said that the government system is very alert and will manage to control the fall army worm.

INGO consortium is financially supported by the Department for International Development (DIFD) and is working in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Mulanje, Phalombe, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Dedza, Salima and Karonga


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