Chairperson of Zomba-based Muslims Sisters Youth Organisation (MUSYO) Jamila Shareef has said subsistence farmers need to plant improved varieties of crops that can withstand climatic change conditions.
Shareef made the call in Zomba on Tuesday when her organisation handed over at least 400 starter pack seeds and fertiliser to local farmers in the district.
Shareef said hunger in the country can be easily uprooted if farmers produce own food in large amounts instead of depending on ‘foodstuffs handouts’ that temporarily sustain the needy.
“We are optimistic that if you properly plant these seeds and apply fertiliser in your fields, you will easily curb hunger in your households in the coming harvesting season,” she said.
Sheikh Muhammad Amin advised the beneficiaries not to sell nor mill the seeds. n