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Friday, 15 December 2017 13:50

35 Dedza farmers graduate from business school

Written by  Linda Moyo

 

Dedza, December 15, 2017: Thirty-five farmers in Dedza District have completed one-year training in new farming methods and are expected to train other farmers in their communities to enhance food production.

Tikondane Farmers Business School trained the farmers on modern ways of farming like planting one seed per station (hole) also known as Sasakawa. The method enables crops to survive during dry spell.

Dedza District Agriculture Development Officer Osmund Chapotoka said during the graduation ceremony on Wednesday that farmers will reach out to other farmers in their communities with the knowledge.

“As a district, we do not have enough extension workers to carter for our rural communities; so the training will help us to increase our efforts to reach out to a lot of farmers with messages and expertise on new Agriculture technologies,” Chapotoka said.

He further said the FBS are away to go for the country because they increase the spread of agriculture messages to every farmer to ensure food production and availability for every household.

Dedza District Council Director of Administration Chikhawo Mbewe encouraged the farmers to diversify their farming to avoid challenges of markets and market prices.

The farmers learnt record keeping, business management and how to prepare farm inputs, among other things.

Tikondane Farmer’s Business Group chairperson Yobe Magayi said the training has been an eye opener to them as it heighted important information on what farming business is all about.

“We have been equipped with a lot of information and skills throughout the training and I’m confident to say that this information will go far to improve how we have been doing our usual farming in our communities. We are also going to orient other famers,” Magayi.

Yobe Magayi said the training has been an eye opener to them as it heighted important information on what farming business is all about.

“We have been equipped with a lot of information and skills and I am confident that we will change the way of doing things in our farming business,” Magayi said.

Dedza has 10 EPAs and Lithipe 1 is the first to conduct the trainings and produce graduates.

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