Polygamy, poor economy causing failure by rural parents to educate children – headman

A CHOMA headman says many parents in rural areas are failing to educate their children because of polygamy and a poor economy.

Speaking at a community meeting for food security and regenerating of soil fertility organised by the Choma Children Development Project (CCDP) in Mboole area in chief Cooma ‘s chiefdom on Friday, headman Chazangwe said adherence to traditional practices had left many families in trouble.

“Polygamy, coupled with poor economy, has contributed to the failure by parents in rural areas to educate their children.You would find that one person has more than 20 children who are in school and now that agriculture we depended on is no longer viable under this current government, parents are no longer able to pay school fees for their children,” said headman Chazangwe who further appealed to government to revamp the agriculture sector by sending inputs in time and increase the purchasing price for maize to enable those who depend on farming improve their livelihood.

And CCDP coordinator Cornwell Hademu urged people in the area to embrace the new mechanized system of making organic fertilizer than depending much on conventional fertiliser under the Farmer Input Support Programme(FISP).

He said his organisation had carried out a research where farmers indicated that lack of farming inputs, especially fertilizer, was hampering their productivity.

“This is one way of giving skills to farmers so that they improve soil fertility for them to continue practicing farming even without FISP as well as making available locally generated agriculture inputs than waiting for government,” said Hademu, adding that the project being sponsored by Kinder Note Hilfe of Luxernberg was targeting about 720 Self Help Group members while 90 would be seed growers.

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