Farmers in traditional authorities (T/As) Lundu and Chigalu in Blantyre have commended Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd) for transforming their lives through its Integrated Approaches to Natural Resources Management and Conservation (Inacosh) project.
One of the 102 female farmers in the scheme, Violet Chauluka of Kamwiki Village, said on Friday that since the introduction of Inacosh three years ago, she has enough food all-year round.
She said: “Through the scheme, Fisd taught us how to grow rice and maize using modern methods of farming and I can proudly say hunger is a thing of the past in my family. As a group, we also sell some part of our produce to raise money for our needs,” she said.
Inacosh project manager Levi Gomagoma said he is satisfied with the impact.
“I am happy with the results from the project. Over the years, we have witnessed positive economic growth among project beneficiaries. This is why we are leaving a happy team knowing that communities here will be capable of sustaining the scheme,” he said.
Gomagoma said Fisd will always be available for guidance.
The project mainly sought to contribute towards the reduction of soil erosion in the upper sections of Shire River catchment area, which has led to siltation and sedimentation of Nkula Dam where hydro-electricity is generated.