People from Senior Chief Kalembo in Balaka can now breathe a sigh of relief following the commissioning of a K26 million worth of Kakhobwe Irrigation Scheme.
“Thanks to World Food Program (WFP) through Find Your Feet” District Commissioner for Balaka, Emmanuel Bambe said
“It was the council’s priority to embrace irrigation farming as one way of ending hunger in the district. Irrigation farming is one of the key priority areas in our District Development Plan, and we have been discussing this at length during our full council meetings. There is no way Balaka should always be on the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report as one of the districts in need of relief food assistance.
“Last year, we were on number two at national level,and number one in the eastern region. This is a serious matter that needs serious attention,” said Bambe.
On his part, Find Your Feet Executive Director, Chimwemwe Soko said depending on the rain- fed agriculture is a challenge as far as climate change is concerned.
“We want to see the community around this scheme upgrade their lives by building better houses and having food to eat and sell their produce to pay for their children’s school fees,” he added.
On his part, Chairperson for the scheme, Allan Chigwenembe thanked Find Your Feet for the scheme, saying the area has been facing a number of challenges because of relying on rain-fed agriculture.Kalembo is one of the places in Balaka with the highest number of people affected with hunger because it is prone to floods and dry spells most of the times.