By: Matthews Mfune
The Self-Help Discover Project has expressed satisfaction with the performance of lead farmers that are trained to assist other farmers in animal and livestock farming in Karonga.
Project coordinator responsible for livestock department in Discover project Frank Matchado said this during a handover ceremony of 20 bicycles and drug toolkits to 12 Karonga lead farmers.
Matchado appreciated the work which lead farmers are doing in their communities.
” We trained 34 lead farmers at first in 2012 they have been performing well and now we are adding some 12 lead farmers because we still see the gap and we hear so many successful stories that they are doing a good job training animal health services and animal husbandry practices,” Matchado said.
Meanwhile, District animal health and livestock development officer in Karonga Harvey Kumwenda thanked the Discover project for the donation and the training citing that Karonga is the district in the northern Region where animal farming is practiced so the coming of the training and donations will help farmers to know the skills of how to care for their livestock.
“We thank Discover Project which empowers lead farmers in communities through animal and livestock training, I hope the Project on livestock is a welcome development to the district and we urge beneficiaries to use wisely the agricultural tools they have received,” Kumwenda said
The Self-Help Africa Organization is implementing a five years Discover Project in Karonga with the main goal to support and strengthen the resiliencies of smallholder farmers in the district through the diversification of agriculture production, including livestock to achieve improved household food, nutrition, and income security and is expected to phase out in March 2017.