—About 1000 people in Shangombo district are benefiting from a nutrition scaling up programme spearheaded by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP).
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call of District Commissioner, Dominic Lisulo in Shangombo, DAPP National Director of Programmes, Mwansa Katunga, said his organisation introduced the nutrition scaling up programme in the district this year.
Mr Katunga said DAPP is currently distributing farming inputs to the 1000 residents who are mostly women in Matunda, Siwelewele, Mboiwa, Shangombo and Liwaliwa areas.
He said the farming inputs being distributed include soya beans, cassava cuttings, pigeon-peas, groundnuts, orange maize and moringa seedlings to be planted this farming season.
Mr Katunga added that DAPP is working in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture in the area to ensure that beneficiaries engage in good and correct agricultural practices for the crops.
And District Commissioner, Dominic Lisulo, has appealed to beneficiaries of the programme to ensure that they give undivided priority in making the programme a success.
Mr Lisulo noted that being among the districts with a high malnutrition rate in Western Province, the nutrition scaling up programme could not have come at a better time, explaining that the programme has the potential to improve the nutrition of children in the district.
He observed that the programme will also improve the food security of the district at a household level as most of the beneficiaries are women.
The DC further thanked DAPP for its continued support in supplementing government’s efforts in bettering the living conditions of people in Shangombo district.