Salima district agriculture development officer Michael Cheyo says Kulima Project will help end perennial food shortages caused by climate change, among other factors.
Speaking on the sidelines of a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, Cheyo said the project has come at the right time when most farmers are facing numerous challenges.
“The project is beneficial to farmers as there are many things that are happening now due to climate change including floods, fall armyworms, dry spells and many others,” he said.
Cheyo said the programme focuses on eliminating challenges and strengthening capacity building for farmers.
He said the project will see the creation of over 1 000 jobs along the value chain and more farmers being trained to improve the capacity to poverty reduction.
In an interview, smallholder farmer Sylvester Kalulu said the project will empower them with skills required in surmounting the challenges.
“This project is like a life saver to us, as you know we will be able to get loans without collaterals which will help us to enhance our farm yields as well as reduce our poverty,” he said.
Kalulu said by the end of the project, farmers are expected to acquire different skills and technologies.
The European Development Fund (EDF) funded project is being implemented in 10 districts.