Ntcheu district environmental officer Hellen Nyirenda says exchange visits among farmers are a vital tool for learning and sharing of best practices.
She said this in Zomba on Sunday during a three-day education visit for farmers from Ntcheu and Nkhata Bay who visited projects under Climate Proofing and Adapt Plan in Machinga and Zomba.
Nyirenda said such visits should be encouraged.
“These visits are important because farmers have the opportunity to get first-hand information from fellow farmers on the ground.
“I am happy that farmers from Ntcheu and Nkhata Bay have seen and heard for themselves the approaches being applied by their colleagues in Zomba and Machinga for their projects to be successful,” she said.
One of the farmers from Ntcheu, Tiyamike Elisa,thanked the organisers for the visit.
Samson Nyirenda, a pig farmer from Nkhata Bay, said he was amazed with the sense of ownership displayed by the people of Zomba and Machinga over projects.
During the tour, the farmers were taken to Namosi A and B schemes in Machinga and Sunuzi Scheme in Zomba. They were taken through fish farming technologies, bee keeping and other agricultural activities taking place in the schemes.
The project, whose main objective is to address challenges of climate change, is funded by United Nations Development Programme through Global Environmental Facility.