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Stormy rains affect 1,067 maize fields in Chiradzulu

Written by  Linda Likomwa

Chiradzulu, January 12, 2017: Over1,067 maize fields for small holder farmers have been affected in Chiradzulu following the heavy rains which was accompanied by stormy winds that the district received on January 9, 2018.

The heavy rains affected part of Senior Chief Mpama in Group Village Headman (GVH) Mbalame.
Chiradzulu Acting District Commissioner, Harris Kachale told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday at the Boma that reports of the disaster indicates that out of the 11 villages from GVH Mbalame, nine villages were heavily affected.

The report indicated the research from the Crops Officer from Chiradzulu Agricultural Office states that 50 per cent of the affected maize would not produce despite the districts’ dependence on maize as its staple food.

“A large number of households have been affected. The effect ranges from roofs of the houses being blown off and destruction of crops,” Kachale explained adding that there is need for early maturing crops and drought resistance crops to be planted.

He stated that one person was injured due to the impact of storms and is currently admitted at Chiradzulu District Hospital while 23 houses were blown off by the wind.

“The affected communities are in urgent need of plastic papers (sheet), pails, plates, cups and food aid,” the DC disclosed.

One of the affected, Christina Yonasi, 65, a widow said she has two maize fields at Masapula Village and all the crops have been damaged and has no hope that she will harvest this year.

“I produce about 20 bags of maize from those two fields, but now I have lost everything. I was in the garden when the rains started. When it stopped, I went to see the garden from the hiding place and I saw that everything has been destroyed with the stormy rain,” she mourned.

Yonasi recalled that the heavy rains that the district received was once experience in 1972 and the communities experienced severe drought in that year.     

Chiradzulu district has an average land holding size of 0.2 hectors per household.

The affected villages are Mbalame, Makanani, Kapalamula, Chipole, Selemani, Masapula, Chiwalika, Mbaisa and Mkwera.

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