Organised groups play a vital role in restoring forest cover

By Vincent Nhlema

 

The period, November to March, provide Malawians an opportunity to give back to Mother Nature. It is a time when different players, from both public and private sector, pay special attention to replenishing the bare pieces of land with trees to reduce greenhouse gas effects that continue to harm both human and animal life every year. Forest cover is considered to be one of the most effective mitigation measures against climate change.


Farmers find relief in weather insurance, drought tolerant seeds

By Watipaso Mzungu - Consultant Reporter

Small scale farmers in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsamala in Balaka are grappling with the impacts of the 2017 prolonged dry spell, which devastated harvests and led to food shortages to their households.

The long-awaited rains are expected to replenish pastures, and communities are being encouraged to plant short-term crops.

But those that can, fear losing their produce again, when the rains stop before the crops mature.

“Last year, we laboured in vain after our crops wilted before maturity. This year, every farmer is sceptical. No one is eager to risk his or her money on this type of seed again,” Marita Charles, 32, says, pointing to an empty packet bearing the name of the seed and company she bought for the 2017-18 agricultural year.