Recently, 36 tomato smallholder farmers from the Kaphatiyi Cooperative in Mchinji visited a model Agricultural Smart Farm located at the LUANAR-NRC campus in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe. They were there to learn more about tomato production.
The farmers attended a research dissemination session focusing on the effectiveness of net-houses in reducing pest infestations. The horticultural study also sought to measure the economic viability of using a net-house in tomato production to increase revenue for smallholder farmers in Malawi.
The research dissemination session was sponsored by Small Fam Cities Africa —a farmer-centric organization based in Lilongwe which buys produce from smallholder farmers and offers them wide-ranging agricultural extension services to enhance their productivity.