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Karonga Residents Urged to Continue Listening to Daily Weather Forecast and use Winter Cropping and Irrigation

 Mlowoka in white T-Shirt addressing the farmersBy Our Reporter


KARONGA (MaraviPost): Residents of  Karonga the northern part of Malawi, have been urged to continue listening to the daily weather forecast being issued by the department of climate change and metrological services for proper planning in their daily activities as well as following agricultural practices that matches with the current weather conditions such as winter cropping and irrigation. 


The remarks follow the report that the district shall experience heavy rainfall and thunderstorms between the months of February and April after devastating 166 houses since the rain season started and the predicted dropping of the 2015 to 2016 maize and rice harvests.


Speaking in an exclusive interview with Maravipost, the district metrological officer Victor Phiri said the number of the affected houses as well as people’s lives may increase if the community fails to listen to the daily weather forecast and comply with the advice issued by the department.


“First of all what you should know is that despite the poor start of the rain season, the district may experience heavy rainfall as well as thunderstorms between the moths of February and April therefore we are urging the community to be attentive with the day to day weather forecast that our office is predicts,” said Phiri.


In his remarks, Karonga Crops and Disaster Risk Management Officer under the DISCOVER project which is implemented by the Self Help Africa organization Blessings Mlowoka said apart from listening to the daily weather forecast, farmers in the district must also use the winter cropping as well as irrigation system of farming.


According to Mlowoka based on the information from the department of the metrological on the 2015 to 2016 rain season, the district’s maize and rice harvest will be dropped while pigeon peas as well as sweet potatoes will be normal.

He therefore revealed that his organization has carried different activities in dealing with the situation.


“To us as organization we are just urging farmers to start using winter cropping and irrigation farming as an alternative measures to the situation so that at least the farmers in the district can harvest something,” pleaded Mlowoka


“On our part through the DISCOVER project we carried different activities such as sensitization campaign using trained drama, mobile vans and a music band. On top of that the organization has procured and distributed to the farmers about 8000kgs early maturing maize seeds, 1000kgs of pigeon peas and 309 bundles of sweet potatoes seeds in striving to increase the harvest,” said Mlowoka.


Adding that “we have also procured and install 14 international standards rain gauges into all five traditional authorities in the district of which the data is collected by the community themselves through the trained personnel with the aim of reducing disasters.”


Meanwhile, about 166 houses were affected by the rainstorms early this rain season in three traditional authorities according to the district disaster officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa.


“Currently we have registered about 166 houses being affected by the rainstorm in the district especially from the areas of traditional authority Kilipula, Kyungu and Wasambo but lucky enough we managed to distribute the relief items to the victims such as maize, plastic pails and the others,” said Mwafulirwa. 

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Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative offers hope in Malawi

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A SCOTTISH firm has paid for motorbikes to boost a life-saving health project in Chikwawa, Malawi

The Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative, set up by the University of Strathclyde and partners in Southern Malawi, is using the bikes to transport vital vaccines, improve access to healthcare, and support a network of 50 community health workers.

The bikes were purchased with a donation from Phoenix Honda and will support health care for around 18,000 people in areas where lack of transport makes access to health facilities difficult or impossible.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “During my visits to Malawi over the past two years, I have seen first-hand the challenges faced by health workers in rural areas with limited health facilities.

“There is a strong reliance on community-based health workers to support and treat common illnesses including malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia – illnesses which are preventable, yet are the main cause of death in the area.

“This generous donation from Phoenix Honda emphasises the positive impact Scottish organisations can have by working with our partners in Malawi. It’s particularly pleasing to see the motorbikes are ready for the health care workers to use ahead of the rainy season, when it’s most difficult for patients to gain access to health services.”


A Senior Health Surveillance Assistant and an Assistant Environmental Health Officer are already using the motorbikes to supervise the community health workers, providing mentoring, supplies and emergency back-up.

John McGuire, Chairman & CEO of Phoenix Honda in Scotland, said: “We are proud to be associated with this project. We are grateful to both Professor McDonald and Dr Tracy Morse for facilitating the opportunity to fund the motorbikes.


“It is a tragedy that in this decade simple ailments can become life-threatening through lack of basic healthcare. We trust that the motorbikes will give many years of service and hopefully make a difference to the people of Chikwawa.”

The new motorbikes are also helping the Health Initiative’s Safe Motherhood programme, which provides women with access to healthcare during pregnancy.

Dr Tracy Morse, Malawi-based Project Manager of the Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative, said: “With health services being located many hours away from remote communities, some women give birth at the roadside on their way to the health centre. Community health workers play a vital role in giving pregnant women help and information, supporting them so they come to the health centre long before labour starts.

“Giving more women access to healthcare during pregnancy is having a direct impact on reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in the region. Thanks to the donation from Phoenix Honda, we can reach more women and children in remote areas.”


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