Machinga agricultural development Division
Machinga Agricultural Development Division (MADD) comprises four District Agriculture Development Offices, namely; Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka and Zomba. The districts are demarcated into a total of 35 Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) that are further subdivided into a total of 560 sections and a total of 4480 blocks. There are 829,290 households (302,562 MHH and 526,728 FHH) distributed in the districts. The ADD has a total hectarage of 1,711,713, out of which 667,843 ha is arable land, 604,470 ha is the area which is unsuitable for agriculture, and 439,400 ha is covered with water. The major cash crops that the ADD produces are cotton and tobacco. The ADD also grows food crops such as: maize, roots and tubers, sorghum, some pulse, rice as well as groundnuts. Apart from growing crops, farmers also keep different species of livestock and these include: cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and different types of poultry.