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Mwanamvekha urges the private sector to invest in Agriculture

Written by  Moses Nyirenda
Mwananvekha testing the Car - Pic by Moses Nyirenda Mwananvekha testing the Car - Pic by Moses Nyirenda

Lilongwe, June 13, 2018: Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha has urged the private sector to invest in agriculture to help improve productivity in the sector.

The minister made the call on Wednesday when he presided over the official launch of the National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

NAIP aims at providing framework to coordinate and prioritise investments by various government agencies, development partners and Non-State actors in the agricultural sector.

He said the private sector in the country has a great role to play towards improving the agricultural productivity.

According to the minister, NAIP has opened an opportunity to all stakeholders in agriculture, including the private sector to invest their money in agriculture and embrace high agricultural productivity in the country.

“I am very excited to launch this investment plan which is allowing all agricultural stakeholders together with the private sector to invest in the area (agriculture) in order to improve the productivity of agricultural commodities in Malawi,” said Mwanamvekha.

He also said he was confident that if the private sector invests in agriculture through NAIP, the agriculture sector in the country would extremely improve by 2023.

The minister visited exhibition of agricultural produce which included; vegetables, legumes and different hybrid seeds. He also presided over the handover of 14 vehicles donated by European Union (EU) to support the Agriculture Sector in 14 districts of the country.

Mwanamvekha, therefore, commended the support European Union is rendering towards the promotion of agriculture in the country.

In his remarks, Delegate of the European Union to Malawi, Marchel Gerrmann said EU is devoted to support the agriculture sector in the country.

“EU is very committed to improving the agriculture sector in Malawi by providing the basic needs which are necessary in the sector,” said Gerrmann.

He also applauded the launch of NAIP, saying the document will empower stakeholders to invest in agriculture and foster transformation in the Agriculture Sector in Malawi.

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