By George Mbale

They say the future belongs to the organised, Fukafuka Farmer Field School is one of the schools that has demonstrated that they will continue to work even when the project phases out this year. Fukafuka was established in 2019 and is located in Kakhuni village in Group Village Headman Namapanje, T/A Mwenewenya in Chitipa district. The group has a membership of 17 (5 males and 12 females).

In October 2020 the group bought 2 piglets at MK10,000 each using the money that they realised from the study plots which was only MK20,000. Currently the group has 5 pigs from the 2 that they purchased since 1 sow gave birth to 5 piglets but 2 died but their plans are to pass on the piglets to group members until all have been reached.

“Fukafuka FFS thought of rearing of pigs as an Income Generating Activity which will also sustain the group activities even if the project phases out and on the other hand members are also encouraged to have IGAs at household level be it rearing of small stock and farming” says Loslina Mwandira, the Community Based Facilitator for the group.

The KULIMA BETTER Project is funded by the European Union (EU) and has been supporting the Farmer Field Schools since 2018. The project is phasing out in 2022 and it is hoped that the schools will continue operate on their own.