District Agribusiness Officer for Chiradzulu, Charles Nyirenda has said farmers in the district have positively embraced agribusiness skills, a development that motivated the department to issue them (farmers) certificates of appreciation.
He observed that issuance of the certificates would help to empower and encourage the farmers to inculcate the skills to their counterparts and improve household incomes.
Nyirenda made the remarks Friday at Thumbwe Community Technical College in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kadewere in the district during the graduation of 31 farmers following a two year training from Farmer Business School (FBS).
The District Agribusiness Officer said through agribusiness skills that were imparted to the farmers throughout the training period, farmers in the district would now satisfy market demands and make profits.
“We witnessed a great change in farmers in the district such that they now can organise groups in which they share information in farming business an indication that they are following what we imparted to them,” Nyirenda said.
One of the beneficiaries of FBS, Lucy Simolo of Chimpesa village in the area of TA Kadewere in the district said she had benefited a lot and that currently she has 35 bags of maize, a house roofed with by corrugated iron sheets and livestock, describing it as a new lease of life.
Senior Chief Kadewere thanked government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development for considering his area to undertake the programme, saying agriculture remained the country’s economic backbone.
He condemned men for not showing interest in community initiated developmental programmes. He encouraged men to swallow their pride in order to realise meaningful progress both at household and national levels.
“I would like to congratulate women who always sacrifice their time to participate in development activities. To show my appreciation to women’s commitment, I will call for a meeting soon with all chiefs in my area to recommend the women to go about to teach their friends what they have learnt,” Kadewere said.
The Chief added that it was the aspiration of people in the area to be food secure for both consumption and sale in case of surplus to improve their social and economic standards.
In Chiradzulu, FBS which is an ongoing programme started in 2015 with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.