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Monsanto Malawi donates seeds to flood victims

Written by  Memory Kutengule


About 63 hectares of maize washed away by heavy rains - File Photo

blantyre, February 18: One of the leading seed manufacturing companies, Monsanto Malawi on Tuesday donated 80 metric tonnes of hybrid maize seeds worth K80 million to districts affected by recent floods in the southern region.

The seeds are expected to be distributed in Blantyre, Mangochi, Machinga, Phalombe, Nsanje, Chiradzulu, Chikwawa, Zomba and Mulanje.

Speaking at a national launch of maize hybrid seed donation at Mwanje village in Chiradzulu, Monsanto Country Manager Dalitso Gadama said the donation was a response to President Prof Peter Mutharika’s call to assist people including farm families who had been affected by floods.

She said the donated hybrid seeds were specifically meant to be planted in areas where irrigation activities are practiced to ensure that farmers realize bumper harvest.

“We are aware that the rainy season is going to an end as such we are advising them to replant the seeds; DKC8033 and DKC 9089 in places where they could use irrigation in order to harvest more within 90 days.” said Gadama.

In her remarks, the Principal Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Erica Maganga disclosed that about 63 hectares of maize fields across the country had been washed away affecting many farm families.

According to Maganga, the ministry of Agriculture was doing everything possible to ensure that the victims get drought resistant crops such as sweet potatoes vines, cassava cuttings among others to avert the looming hunger.

She disclosed that the ministry was in the process of sourcing US$16 million from various organisations to further assist the affected farmers.

“So far we have solicited US$5 million that has come in different forms including seeds and livestock. However, we are appealing for more support in cash or any kind.” said Maganga.

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