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Programme advises Shire Valley farmers not to sale their land

Written by  Steve Chirombo
Programme advises Shire Valley farmers not to sale their land pic sourced from internet

Chikwawa, August 24, 2018. Communities living in Chikwawa and Nsanje districts especially those within the impact area of Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP) have been advised to guard their land jealously.

The remarks were made on Thursday at the end of round table discussions organized by Farm Radio Trust which brought together officials from ministry of agriculture, chiefs, and communities from both districts and officials managing the programme.

SVTP’s Community Development Specialist, Dr Stanley Khaila commended chiefs from both districts for participating fully in the exercise a development which would  enhance their understanding of the project components among communities in the two districts.

“But let me emphasize here and now that your work is not yet over. Please extend this message to all the people in your respective areas not to try sale out their pieces of land,” he explained.

Dr Khaila added that the project was designed to ensure that rural communities were primary beneficiaries of the project.

The Programme’s Community Development Specialist noted that some agencies and institutions of good have contributed finances towards the implementation of the programme citing that  government has provided US$7 million, Global Environmental Fund has contributed US$ 6 million, African Development Bank (AfDB) has pumped in US$50 million and World Bank has channelled US$ 160 million.

“I should assure people of the two districts and the country as a whole that the Shire Valley Transformation Programme is expected to start this December. You should be aware that this is a 1940 programme where feasibility studies conducted between 2014 and 2017 found out that it was possible to carry out the programme,” he added
Shire Valley Agriculture Development Division Programmes Manager, Taurayi Mlewah called on concerted efforts from all Malawians and Shire Valley communities in particular if the programme is to be done.

“With concerted efforts, determination and focus this programme will be done and we will all be smiling at the fruits the project will bring to us. All this is possible if the communities in both districts fully participate,” he added.

Mlewa cited the National Agriculture Policy as well as the National Investment Plan among others that will likely improve the program.

On their part Mervis Kasadwa, a farmer from Group Village Head Mbangu in Traditional Authority (TA) Malemia in Nsanje and Ibrahim Bwanali from TA Maseya in Chikwawa said they expected the programme to enhance economic opportunities among rural farmers in the districts on top of the food security.

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