Mulanje district disaster management desk officer Keith Sayenda has urged communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mthiramanja to embrace irrigation farming and stop relying on rain-fed agriculture.
He made the remarks on Wednesday during an open day organised by non-governmental organisation United Purpose in the district.
United Purpose, through its Proactive Project, distributed field crop seeds to farmer groups to cultivate through irrigation to increase their incomes and enhance food security.
Before the event, stakeholders from government departments toured some of the gardens where farmers are currently cultivating different vegetables in the area.
“We want people to be able to support themselves through irrigation farming. We are also encouraging you to eat six food groups to prevent malnutrition,” he said.
United Purpose district coordinator Rosemary Harawa highlighted the need for having such occasions, saying people get a chance to learn from each other.
She said that a number of people have been attracted after seeing how their colleagues are benefiting.
“We are also showcasing nutrition interventions we are promoting and these ones will also help to strengthen our beneficiaries to continue with the initiative,” she said. People in the area were also able to watch a documentary on climate change for them to appreciate the impact previous disasters had in other areas such as Nsanje and Phalombe.