Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) Dowa Teachers’ Training College (TTC) is supplying half of its food demand through farming activities practiced at the college.
The college has maize and soya fields, 200 chickens for egg production and a vegetable garden where students conduct practical work for their lessons.
Dapp Dowa TTC principal Blessings Kambewa said in an interview on Thursday that the college aims to be self-sufficient in terms of food supply.
“Currently, we produce half of the food for the 128 boarding students and that relieves us from the burden of begging food from donors. We direct some money meant for food to other significant uses.
“We are also imparting agricultural skills to the student teachers so that when they graduate, they should be agents of change in their communities,” said Kambewa.
He disclosed that the college is planning to expand its farming operations by embarking on irrigation, fish, rearing of goats, cattle and pigs.
Dapp Dowa TTC opened its doors in 2012 to train students to become qualified primary school teachers equipped with skills in education, health, agriculture and community development.