Lilongwe Agricultural Development Division (Ladd) has honoured chiefs for encouraging their subjects to adopt modern farming technologies in Lilongwe.
Ladd rewarded the chiefs with bags of fertiliser, bicycles and trophies, among others, during a ceremony which took place at Mude Estate in Traditional Authority (T/A) Khongoni in the district.
The items were sponsored by Self Help Africa.
Ladd programme manager MacPherson Nthara, who presented the awards, said the ADD awarded the chiefs to influence their subjects to adopt modern farming technologies and get adequate harvest despite climate change effects.
“The chiefs honoured today have encouraged farmers to practise modern methods of farming.
“As a country, we need to adopt modern agriculture methods that will help farmers harvest adequately despite climate change effects such as droughts and floods,” he said.
Senior Chief Kabudula was the first. He was rewarded for engaging subjects to adopt modern farming methods which include seed breeding processes and crop diversification.
“I am happy that Ladd has recognised the work we are doing in our area. We frequently advise farmers to adopt modern farming technologies. This season, we intensified meetings to advise farmers to avoid relying on one crop,” he said.
Other chiefs that were honoured are T/As Khongoni, Masumbankhunda, Kalolo, Chadza, Masula, and Chiseka. n