Henwood Foundation has rehabilitated Luvuwo Irrigation Scheme to boost livelihoods of 100 families in Nkhata Bay.
Apart from the K6.5 million renovations, the social arm of the New Apostolic Church has offered the growers farm inputs worth K3 million and drilled a borehole valued at K3.7 million.
During handover of the scheme on Friday, Apostle Foster Lungu said the foundation felt duty-bound to intervene as farmers’ businesses were declining due to the deterioration of the scheme.
The intervention empowers the farmers to improve their incomes and food security by growing different crops three times a year.
“Food availability in many homes remains a challenge, so I urge the farmers to utilise the land. Once they are food secure, their health and incomes will improve,” he said.
The foundation supports farmers to embrace rewarding farming methods and markets.
Scheme chairperson Doreen Mpata said the farmers will now realise more yields and revenues likely to improve their earnings and well-being.
Sub-Traditional Authority Nyalwanga asked the rural population to conserve trees near the scheme to safeguard rivers from dry up. n