Food security dominated debate for aspiring legislators held on Saturday at Mpachika Primary School in Zomba Ntonya Constituency.
Discussants of the debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust included Thomas Bisika of Malawi Congress Party, Nedson Poya of United Democratic Front and independents Mphatso Banda, Andrew Chimombo, Steven Kamalisha and Akuka Claire Kachapira.
On his part, Banda said people of the area face food shortages because they sell their produce soon after harvesting .
He promised to initiate irrigation farming to ensure that people have enough food throughout the year.
Bisika, on other hand, said food shortage in the area is a result of expensive farm inputs such as fertiliser and seed.
Chimombo said he will introduce irrigation farming so that people should stop relying on rain-fed agriculture which is unpredictable.
On his part, Poya said the main problem affecting the area is the belief that food means nsima.
Nice Zomba district civic education officer Albertina Zidana said she was satisfied with the peaceful debate which, she hoped should be the same until elections. Village head Kamanja said candidates are free to campaign in the constituency so that people make informed choice on who to vote for during the elections.