Written by Humphreys Bomba:
At least 40 farmers are set to benefit from this year’s “Ulimi Okhazikika Promotion” which Umunthu FM is implementing starting this month.
The promotion, expected to run for 10 weeks under the Climate Smart Agriculture project is targeting local farmers, who will win various farming implements, whilst encouraging them to adopt climate resilient practices and champion restoration of critical ecosystems.
Edward Kuwacha, Umunthu FM General Manager, emphasizes that the promotion will see the institution disbursing fertilizer packages, hoes rakes, watering canes and other implements to successful farmers.
Kuwacha said that the institution has noted with great concern that there is a low impact on building resilience to climate change, natural resources management and policy among farmers, hence the need to increase awareness through such promotions.
“Despite various interventions that the country has been conducting, there seems to be an existing imbalance between climate change and agricultural activities, a situation which is putting the country on threat”, said Kuwacha.
He adds that the promotion is also aimed at encouraging Malawian societies to reduce environmental degradation issues whilst also boosting their social well-being.
“We want to incorporate everyone in creating a world full of conducive environment whilst also encouraging and empowering farmers to take an active role and be proactive in improving the agriculture sector”, he added.
The beneficiaries of the promotion will be required to listen to a series of “Ulimi Okhazikika ndi Chilengedwe” radio programs under the Smart Agriculture Climate project and respond to questions appropriately through 441 short code messaging system.
Umunthu FM is implementing the “Ulimi Okhazikika Promotion” under the Climate Smart Agriculture implemented in areas of Senior Chiefs Mwansambo and Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota, and some areas of Karonga districts with financial support from a consortium of organizations including Umunthu Plus and Santa Anna University with CISP as a team leader among others.