Farmers of Ntchenachena in Rumphi have been advised to use bokashi manure, a type of organic manure, as well as practise irrigation farming in order to be spared from food shortages when climate change strikes.
Traditional Authority Mwalweni gave the advice on Monday at Vwalamanja Village in the district when he launched the Mzuzu ADD Bokashi Manure and Irrigation Farming.
Said Mwalweni: “You can have sufficient food by leading in the production of manure. Inorganic fertiliser is very expensive these days.”
He said compost manure retains soil moisture and withstands adverse weather.
His remarks follow concerns by the district agricultural development officer (Dado) Yazi Nyirenda over the food scarcity in the area as a result of poor rainfall patterns.
He explained that with manure and irrigation, farmers can harvest twice a year.