By Martin Chiwanda
Nsanje — Farmers from Group Village Head Mpomba in the area of Senior Chief Malemia in Nsanje, risk facing food shortage as stray hippos from Shire River are destroying their winter crops.
One of the concerned farmers Manuel Maudzu told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that hippos have destroyed their crops and they fear the situation would result in food shortage among the communities in the area who mostly depend on winter cropping for their food security and financial income.
"Hippos are destroying our crops and we fear for food shortage as most of us rely on the winter cropping. Therefore, if hippos continue destroying our maize and sweet potatoes, then we will starve," said Maudzu.
Maudzu claimed that the communities have been requesting game rangers to assist but nothing is working.
The concerned villager has appealed to District Council officials to deploy game rangers in the area to eliminate the hippos as the situation is worrisome.
"We are asking the District Council take up the issue with game rangers so that they can come and rescue us to avert the imminent hunger," he said.
Director of Administration at the council Redgson Nkolombwe said farmers have not yet reported anything to that effect but he assured them that the council will take action to assist the farmers.
"My office is going to take up the issue with the game ranger so that farmers should be assisted," said Nkolombwe.
Incidences of crops being destroyed by hippos are a yearly occurrence in the lower shire district especially in the areas that are close to Shire River.