Farmers in Dedza to Compete in SRI
- 19 Jan
Farmers in the Area of Senior Chief Kachindamoto in Dedza district of Malawi are in the 2017/2018 farming season competing in Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) among other innovative farming methods under the Senior Chief Kachindamoto Agriculture Trophy as a means of improving agricultural production and productivity.
SRI is a system of growing rice that requires less water and inputs, less than 40% from traditional methods and uses younger seedlings which are singly spaced and typically hand weeded with special tools.
According to Senior Chief Kachindamoto, apart from competing in SRI which the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) is promoting among farmers at Bwanje Rice Irrigation Scheme, farmers will also compete in conservation agriculture, adherence to good agriculture practices, and animal husbandry.
“I want my people to be food secure. I want every farmer to be very productive and this can be done by using agricultural practices such as SRI that are cost effective. I know my people are capable and that they will be more productive come the harvest season,” said Kachindamoto.
Program Manager for Lilongwe Agricultural Development Division (LADD), George Kapelemera, said the area of Senior Chief Kachindamoto is the first in the district to host an agriculture trophy and Dedza is the second district after Lilongwe to have an agriculture trophy.
“Dedza is the second district after Lilongwe in the country to have an agriculture trophy. Senior Chief Kachindamoto is also the first chief in the district to host such a trophy. Such trophies have proved to be an effective way of promoting agriculture productivity in Lilongwe,” said Kapelemera.