As we struggled with the many humps on the Karonga-Chitipa Road, our aim was to see for ourselves if the piggery project by Twitukule Women’s Club was anything to be proud of. Why were we interested?
This was first time that Malawi-Sweden Association (MASWE) had decided to support women is sustainable livestock development in the north of Malawi. Thanks to National Women’s Lobby which had identified the 15 women in Village Headman Mwenefufya under Senior Chief Mwaulambya in September 2010 for an initial support of 200,000 Kwacha.
On arrival on the project site, the MASWE Chairperson Sydney Kalimanjira immediately expressed satisfaction that the piggery building was still in shape and the three pigs were still in good health even months after of some livestock diseases affecting the pigs in the area since early 2011.
“I am impressed that the women have faithfully fed the pigs for almost a year. The pigs I see show they are healthy inspite of the death of the five piglets earlier in the week,” said Kalimanjira who had arrived in the country earlier that week to simply follow up on some of the MASWE-supported projects.
He commended the women for their hardworking spirit which makes them source food and feed each pig about 7 kilogrammes of food each day.
The piggery coordinator Raphael Kalinga observed that the project has the best piggery building at Chitipa Boma and the women have reason to be proud of MASWE for the support.
In spite of the disease that attacked the piglets, we are sure that the big ones will survive. We will in fact ensure that the other female pig which is pregnant now should have adequate medical attention.
Kalinga said that Chitipa Boma has a huge potential for pork sale because of the growing urbanization and the customers from the neighboring Tanzania. As such, Kalinga feels the women have all the reason to strengthen the piggery building through sharing piglets,
Even though the humps were still waiting for us, we were comforted to know that come 2012, Malawian men and women may have better meals.
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