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Chimdala: From poverty to prosperity

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By all means, Hamilton Chimdala was classified as one of the poor in Chikunumbwi Section, Livunzu EPA in Chikwawa district. Living in a one roomed house with his wife and at the time 3 children, life was just impossible to cope with. “Chikwawa is a very hot district and to live in a one room house with 4 other people was just unbearable. Something had to be done,” he said.

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Margaret Lloyd builds 9 houses from rice farming

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50 year old Margaret Lloyd of Livunzu EPA in Chikunumbwi section in Chikwawa has been a farmer for practically all her life. She has been growing various crops such as maize, millet, and sweet potatoes. However, in 1993, considering the favourable weather conditions and soil type, she added rice to the list of crops to grow.

After her husband passed away a few years back and left her with nothing but one house and four children to feed, she was faced with the reality of facing certain hunger or find means of survival. Something had to be done to maximize outputs from her enterprises including rice.

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Livuzu EPA Holds Field Day….

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AICC in collaboration with Livunzu EPA conducted a field day on 2nd March 2016 in Nkhate. A field day is one of  group methods used in extension teaching. The importance of field days lies in the fact that farmers are able to learn through seeing the fruits of a recommended farming technology.
The field day’s main aim was to show case Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) technology. SRI is a method of growing rice which combines different sets of cultural practices for managing the soil, the plant, nutrients and water to produce high grain yields.



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