CADECOM constructs market shelter in Mzimba

Written by  Beatrice Mwakaghe

Malawi’s economy is agro-based and the sector employs about 90% of people in the country. In spite of this, most smallholder farmers in the country face a number of challenges and one of them being unavailability of better markets for their produce.

A lady like this one will benefit from the market shelter A lady like this one will benefit from the market shelter

Bearing this in mind, The Catholic Development Commission- CADECOM has embarked on a project to construct shelters where farmers can sell their produce in Mzimba District.

CADECOM Director for Social Development for Mzuzu Diocese Isaac Ziba said creating good markets within the reach of smallholder farmers in the country can help to improve their living standards.

“When farmers have structured shelters they will be able to set prices without being exploited,’’ said Ziba.

The organization is also training farmers in the district on modern ways of farming so that they should be able to get more produce despite challenges due to climate change.

One of the farmers who has benefited through the project, Ester Gondwe encouraged women to take part in farming since there are more benefits in as far as food security is concerned.

‘’At first I was unable to pay fees for my children but after the organization came and helped us with skills as well as knowledge in farming fees is no longer a problem for my children who are in secondary schools,’’ said Gondwe.

Currently one of the shelters is under construction at Kadikeshi along the M1 road in the area of Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba district.

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