Farmers in Malawi’s southern region have expressed worry that they may not have good harvests this year following dry spells that have hit the region.
According to some farmers in Chiradzulu district, they have not received rains for almost four solid weeks and crops in their fields have started wilting.
The farmers believe this will lead to further hunger this year in a country which is already struggling following insufficient farm yields last year.
One of the farmers in the district, Marko Yona from Baluti village in the area of Traditional Authority Nchema, said crops such as beans have already died and there is no hope that they will grow even if the rains come.
However, in their weather update last week the Department of Climate and Meteorological Services of Malawi assured the public of normal rains from Friday, January 8.
This weather forecast brought hope to the farmers but the day came and farmers in most parts of the southern region did not receive rain.
Due to the erratic rains this growing season, President Peter Mutharika together with the country’s clergy organised national prayers over the weekend to pray for the rains.
During the prayer service, Mutharika assured Malawians that God will not abandon Malawi at any time.