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Invest in Agriculture – Mwanamvekha tells Malawians

Written by  Kondwani Magombo
Invest in Agriculture: Agriculture minister Joseph Mwanamvekha - File Photo Invest in Agriculture: Agriculture minister Joseph Mwanamvekha - File Photo

Mangochi, October 27, 2017: Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha, has urged Malawians to invest in Agriculture to achieve sustainable food nutrition. 

The minister made the call at Sangadzi Primary School in Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi during a joint commemoration for World Food Day and Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security.

He said people should not waste precious time to trek to South Africa in search of greener pasture as there are more economic opportunities in Malawi.

 “Let us use the money we have at our disposal to invest in agriculture to achieve food security. If we can do that, the economy of the country can grow fast,” said the minister who earlier toured the 25-hectare Chiwole Irrigation Scheme.

He added: “What we have seen at Chiwole Irrigation Scheme clearly demonstrates that irrigation farming is a viable investment to achieve food security and boost economy in the process.”

At the scheme, only 14 hectares were under irrigation using shallow wells due to inadequate resources.

But the minister assured farmers that he would do everything possible to ensure that the scheme was expanded for farmers to produce more.

In his remarks, Chairperson for the scheme, Simon John, said the scheme had improved living standards of many farmers as they had managed to buy valuable assets.

John, however, cited army worms as the major challenge the scheme, which has 60 farmers, was currently facing.

“Farmers here work, but their efforts are watered down by army worms. We hope government will find the lasting solution to the same,” said John.

Apart from maize, farmers at the scheme grow tomatoes and bananas.

The theme for the event was ‘Change the Future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development’ and ‘Advancing in Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition: Key for Harnessing Africa’s Demographic Dividends’.    

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