BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Deputy lands Minister Abida Mia who is also lawmaker for Chikwawa Mkombezi this week donated solar powered water tank for irrigation scheme in her Constituency
This is to complement President Lazarus Chakwera Tonse government on the recent celebration the fruits of the Affordable Input Programme a couple of weeks ago.
The donation is to respond to looming hunger noticed that the crop yields in the Shire Valley Agriculture Development Area (ADD) will not be as bumper as in most parts of the country due to the irregular rainfall pattern that the ADD received this year.
Therefore, as one way of mitigating the impact Abida donated a solar-powered water tank worthy MK9 million at Thiransembe Irrigation Scheme in her Constituency to boost irrigation farming.
The legislator sourced the donation from the World Muslim League to which she provided an additional 20 bags of cement for the scheme farmers to construct the tower tank base.
Mia told the Maravi Post that she has a duty of ensuring that her constituents have enough food all year round and aims to do this mostly through empowering them to be self-reliant and self sufficient.
The Chairperson of the irrigation scheme, Laison Kutacha, described the donation as “timely” and “one that will go a long way in bailing them out from the pangs of hunger.”
The irrigation scheme which is in Group Village Headman Msomo, Senior Chief Ngabu, was previously assisted by World Vision with two solar powered irrigation tanks.
Mia donation therefore has increased cultivation capacity of seven hectares of land.
It is projected that the scheme will be making MK3.5 million annually as compared to MK1.7 million in previous years.