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Anticipatory Action Plans Crucial in Disaster Management

Participants challenged to disseminate right weather forecasts Participants challenged to disseminate right weather forecasts - pic courtney of BOHF

People in Neno district have been urged to follow weather forecasts and draw anticipatory action plans in a bid to lessen negative impact of disasters such as dry spells and floods that can cost lives and destroy property.

Beyond Our Hearts Foundation project officer Pemphero Nkhata speaking at an interactive meeting in the areas of Traditional Authority Chekucheku and Senior Chief Dambe and Mlauli, said that action plans are vital as they act as advisory messages and help people to decide on their agriculture plans.

She said that through such meetings, people have been provided with advisory agriculture messages and given options that will help them to lessen hunger and safeguard their lives and property during this 2023/24 farming season.

Chekucheku Area Disaster Risk Management Committee member Enock Mpindeni has told Zodiak Online today that through anticipatory action plans, they have prepared themselves to deal with the forecasted dry spells through among other means by planting drought resistant and early maturing crops.

In his remarks, Mavuto Sam, Ligowe South Agriculture Extension Development Officer (AEDO) has advised farmers in the district to utilise the soils by making swaleys, box ridges, pit planting and cover crops like cow peas.

"These technologies help to retain moisture and water which is crucial in crops growth. They must also grow crops like groundnuts for natural fixation of nitrogen and use manure," he said.

Sam further said that since they are engaging influential leaders such as those from Village Civil Protection Committees, they are optimistic that massages of the anticipated harsh weather conditions will be spread to many people and avoid loss of lives and improve on food security.

Beyond Our Hearts Foundation with funding from Save the Children-Malawi in collaboration with the Agriculture office in Neno are implementing a project dubbed Anticipatory Action with an aim of sensitizing the masses on mechanisms of dealing with disasters.

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