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Manure improves crop production in Nsanje

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Nsanje, June 25, 2018: Acting Programs Manager for Shire Valley Agricultural Development Division, Idah Mwato has advised smallholder farmers in Nsanje to use manure as one way of increasing their farm productivity without excess use of money.


Acting Program Manager for Shire Valley Agricultural Development Division, Idah Mwato gave the advice on Friday after launching the 2018 agriculture manure making campaign in Mpatsa Extension Planning Area in the area of Senior Chief Tengani in Nsanje.


Mwato said farmers under the Shire Valley ADD which comprises Nsanje and Chikwawa were particularly encouraged to take advantage of the large numbers of livestock to use their dung as manure in their gardens instead of fertilizer which is expensive for small-scale farmers.


She said manure is very essential in enriching degraded soils without any environmental negative impact thereby increasing farm produce.


“Manure is one of the ways of restoring soil fertility. We know that soils are degraded so we encourage farmers to use manure to improve the structure and nutrient content because by doing that we expect farmers to realize more yield from small pieces of land,” Mwato said.


Mwato said farmers are taught how to prepare manure through community sensitization and demonstrations through what other lead farmers were doing such that when they see how their fellow farmers were profiting they adopt the technology and apply in their fields.


In his remarks, Nsanje District Agriculture Panel Chairperson, Ringston Mafunga expressed his gratitude for the introduction of manure production in the district, saying it has improved their farm productivity and livelihoods.


“The use of manure has really improved our lives because in the past we were striving to get fertilizer which is expensive considering the status of most farmers. Manure is locally available from our livestock at no price.

All that is required is hard work for a farmer to prepare and apply in their gardens,” Mafunga said.


Mafunga, therefore, advised his fellow farmers who still cling to the old methods of farming and  neglect manure to change their mindset and start using manure for their own benefit of yielding more.


This year’s manure launch was conducted under the theme: ‘Climate smart agriculture technologies: to enhance farmers’ resilience, improve food security and nutrition.’

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