For a long time, people farm maize for consumption and as such, to farm thrice in year with two farming cycles being of irrigation seem to be a waste of time.
Having spent his life in deep poverty of failing to raise money for family basic needs and to send his children to school, Lamusoni Moyenda of Kapopamsampha village in the area of Group Village Headman Billiat of Malembo in Traditional Authority khongoni can afford a smile after seeing profitability in irrigation farming.
Four months ago, RHEMA Institute of Development shared maize, legume and vegetable seeds to people in Malembo area where Lamuson Moyenda was one of those farmers who received a park of 1 kg Seed Co. Seed.
Moyenda planted over 2, 700 maize seed and after taking care for his garden, he has sold his 2700 cobs of green maize which he was selling at K100 and he has managed to raise about K270 000.
“I never thought I could one day have this huge amount of money in my life but now I see the power of God in RHEMA which has made my family to be transformed economically.” Moyenda hinted.
Project officer for RHEMA Tadala Mukhuna says Malemba area really has very hard working people who simply needs financial support and agricultural extension services and they can be transformed more easily.
“When we came here to give out seeds for to these farmers, we were not sure if these farmers would really go in their farms to do farming but working with these farmers here I am so impressed that farmers here, are very ready to change their lives through agribusiness.” Mukhuna added.
Executive Director for RHEMA Innocent Semu says his organisation will continue engaging rural farmers in Agribusiness to assist the be transformed economically and help in poverty alleviation.
The institute has been working in different areas especially in Dowa and Lilongwe districts and its focus base much on WASH, Agribusiness and Social protection.