Some subsistence farmers in Mulanje and Thyolo have proposed that government and churches should organise national prayers to thank God for the good rains and bumper harvest realised this year.
The farmers say the good rains, which translated into bountiful harvests, demonstrate that God listened to the cries of his people before the onset of the rains last year.
Alice Laston, a farmer from Chimbalanga Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mthiramanja in Mulanje, said that just as Malawians cried to God for his intervention, they should go back to him with thanksgiving.
“That will show that we are not ingrates. We shouldn’t only be quick to ask God to give us something, we also need to show our gratitude when our prayers have been answered,” said Laston.
A farmer based at Molele Parish in Thyolo, Yohane Bauleni, said it is wrong to forget the food shortages Malawi has been experiencing because of erratic rains.
“Most of us have realised more than what we need for our families. This hasn’t been the case in the past three to four years. And for this, we must thank God as a nation,” said Bauleni.