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AICC sensitizes farmers on rice herbicides

Written by  Leonard Masauli
We want to reduce the costs of production We want to reduce the costs of production pic by Leonard Masauli

Karonga, December 24, 2018: African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) has said farmers in Karonga have the potential to increase rice production if they can adopt good agricultural practices and use herbicides to control weeds in their fields.

Project Manager responsible for Rice production at AICC, Leonard Chimwaza made the remarks Friday during field visit to Mphinga Rice Irrigation Scheme in Karonga.

He said farmers do not achieve their potential to maximize rice production because they incur high costs during weeding period.

Chimwaza said his organization partnered with Farmers Organization Limited (FOL) to supply herbicides that kill weeds in rice fields to farmers so they reduce weeding costs thereby enhancing production.

“Rice is one of the strategic crops, and we appreciate the huge investments and costs that farmers incur during production of the crop and these investments and costs which   affect their profit margin in the end.

Therefore, through National Agriculture Investment Plan and Private Public Partnership (PPP) we have partnered with organizations that promote value chain of rice such as FOL to supply weed herbicides to ensure increased rice production in Malawi,”  he said.

Business Manager at FOL, Sangani Harawa said his organization understands proliferation of counterfeit chemicals and herbicides, hence the organization’s involvement in supplying farmers with the recommended herbicides such as (2-4-D).  

“We are impressed with the impact registered from the rice demonstration fields where farmers used our herbicides and we encourage more farmers to adopt and use agricultural chemicals and herbicides certified by the government,” he said  

Secretary for Mphinga Rice Irrigation Scheme, Chimzuzu Gondwe thanked AICC and FOL for introducing the rice herbicides would go a long way in increasing profit margins amongst the farmers.

Mphinga Rice Irrigation Scheme has 405 hectares with about 649 farmers.