Plan International has donated soap worth K19 million to 19 649 Mzimba farmers to support their efforts in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
In an interview on Friday, Plan International Kulima Better project manager Kondwani Khonje said they are donating 10 soap tablets to each farmer field school member.
“Currently, we have 664 farmer field schools in Mzimba District. Each farmer field school has 30 members and in the exercise we have targeted 19 649 households,” he said.
Khonje also said the donation is one way of encouraging farmers to practise hygiene at home and during their meetings.
M’Mbelwa District Council food and nutrition officer Mabvuto Donald Mfune said Kulima Better Project has transformed farmers’ lives in the district.
“All farmer field school members received protective gears. And now they are receiving soap, which is commendable,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Funny Gondwe from Chauluma Farmer Field School, commended Plan International for the donation.
The five-year Kulima Better Project is implemented by a consortium of non-governmental organisations, including Plan International, Self Help Africa, ActionAid and Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Other districts that will benefit from soap distribution are Nkhata Bay, Karonga, Chitipa, Mulanje and Salima.