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KULIMA project to help Salima escape annual food shortages

Written by  Watson Maingo
Michael Cheyo: Hailing KULIMA project Michael Cheyo: Hailing KULIMA project

Salima, August 21, 2018: District Agriculture Development Office in Salima has hailed a European Development Fund (EDF) financed project called KULIMA, saying it will help the local council to end annual food shortages it has been experiencing, partly due to climate change impacts.

Speaking on the sidelines of District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO), Michael Cheyo said the project has come at the right time when most farmers are facing numerous challenges to produce crops.

“The project is beneficial to farmers as there are a lot of things that are happening now due to climate change [including] floods, fall army worms, dry spells and many others.

“This program is focusing on eliminating these challenges and strengthening capacity building to the farmers,” said Cheyo.

He further said the project will see over 1, 000 jobs being created along the value chain and more farmers being trained in order to improve the capacity and livelihoods as well as poverty reduction.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Sylvester Kalulu, a small holder farmer in the district, said the project will be beneficial to them as it would empower them with different skills that they will use to curb the challenges they are facing.

“This project is like a life saver to us, as you know we will be able to get loans without collaterals which will help us to enhance our farm produce as well as reduce our poverty levels,” he said.

Kalulu added that by the end of the project, farmers are expected to acquire different farming skills and technologies.

KULIMA Project is being implemented in 10 districts, and it will run for up to five years with funds amounting to 111 million Euros.

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