Phata is within the primary sector of the agricultural industry.
Primarily it grows sugarcane which it sells to Illovo. In addition, it also has diversification initiatives.
Phata produces food crops such as maize, rice, sugar beans, and sweet
potatoes under sprinkler irrigation (74 ha)
Fish in 10 ponds (1.2 ha)
Vegetables grown under sustainable practices
Beekeeping for commercial honey production
Forest destruction in Malawi and in the Shire
Valley particularly had reached alarming levels due to firewood collection for
household cooking fuel, traditional charcoal production and traditional brick
making. It is for this reason that the Phata community decided to embark on
production of own charcoal from their own sustainable planted wood-lots and
selling of energy efficient charcoal stoves. This is believed to be a first
step in arresting deforestation and hopefully one day eliminating it all
together. The cooperative has procured 500 energy efficient charcoal stoves.
The stoves will be sold to 500 households of surrounding communities as a starter
to a revolving process since money collected from the sale of the stoves will
be used to buy more stoves in order to reach out to many households as