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LSPCA encourage farmers to use plough with donkeys in agriculture

Written by  Daniel Namwini
Cultivation using ploughs and donkeys Cultivation using ploughs and donkeys Pic by Daniel Namwini

Lilongwe, December 24, 2018: Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) Friday encourage and train local farmers from Traditional Authority (TA) Mbwatalika in Lilongwe to use ploughs through donkeys for cultivation.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) at Mpingu Farmer’s Union Garden, Donkey Sanctuary Project Coordinator for LSPCA, Esmey Chioza said her organization thought it wise to train and demonstrate to  farmers that they can farm by using ploughs with donkeys instead of hoes.

“Both farmers in rural and urban areas use hoes for agriculture, so we decided to come and establish to them that they can also use their ploughs with donkeys to cultivate rather than hoes,” she said.

Agriculture Extension Development Coordinator (AEDC) from Mpingu, Doris Msiska said when farmers are using hoes it takes a lot of time to finish making ridges rather than using ploughs and this simplifies their work.

“If farmers have been satisfied with the new development of using donkeys to nurture their farming than using hoes, agriculturalists can have a chance to buy their own ploughs to LSPCA offices at a low price,” she said.

Msiska appealed to farmers in the country to adopt this method of farming because the method is quick and allows farmers to engage themselves with other economic activities in addition to farming.

Donkey Lead farmer from Mpingu, Noah Pondamali commended the organization for the initiative saying it would help growers to finish their field work within a short period of time and harvest a lot of yields.

“The time we were using hoes, it took us many days to finish cultivating in our gardens but with this initiative will help us to bring a change to our villagers,” he said.

Pondamali said if this method could be adopted by a lot of people they could improve the total harvests that they have every year as a nation and there would be no complaints of hunger in this nation in any part of the country.

Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals is plaining to go in different areas around the country to sensitize people to adopt the initiative.