Japan gives Malawi K61mil for irrigation

Farmers in Lifa Village in Blantyre and Kani in Chiradzulu have all the reasons to smile thanks to the K61 million Japanese funded irrigation schemes which will be implemented in the two districts by Gift of the Givers.

Minister of Agriculture Chiyembekeza(centre) with Ambasador Nishioka and Jakhura at the signing ceremony-picture by Manasse Nyirenda

Minister of Agriculture Chiyembekeza(centre) with Ambasador Nishioka and Jakhura at the signing ceremony-picture by Manasse Nyirenda

From left  Abdul Gaffar Jakhura and Shuichiro Nishioka signing the grant contract whilst  Chiyembekeza looks on

From left Abdul Gaffar Jakhura and Shuichiro Nishioka signing the grant contract whilst Chiyembekeza looks on

The project was unveiled on Tuesday, during the signing ceremony at the Japanese Embassy in Lilongwe.

Speaking to the media after the ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Shuichiro Nishioka said Irrigation is crucial to the economy of the country which is mostly dependent on agriculture.

“Climate change has adversely affected rain-fed agriculture with almost 3million affected by hunger in the country, that’s why the Government of Japan decided to help with this grant,” said Shuichiro.

The grant will be utilized for construction of irrigation facilities as well as erection of overhead tanks for provision of water from submersible electric pumps.

Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, Dr Allan Chiyembekeza thanked the Japanese Government for continued support in various projects.

He further thanked Gift of the Givers for their innovative ideas in dealing with various challenges affecting communities in the country.

“The project will lead to better crop production in the absence of normal rains and will also provide clean and potable water for drinking purposes,” said Gaffar Jakhura, Chairman of Gift of the Givers.

The scheme will incorporate 100 farmers from each of the two districts and about 1200 people will directly benefit in Lirangwe, Blantyre and Nakuyu in Chiradzulu in terms of food availability and access to clean and potable water. At least 30,000 others will benefit indirectly from the catchment areas of the beneficiary villages.

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7 thoughts on “Japan gives Malawi K61mil for irrigation”

  1. Benjones says:

    The people in the picture are questionable? ?? Will this project not die a natural death. I wonder.

  2. Ellias says:

    Another cash gate, lets wait and see zilowa mmatumba mwa anthu zimenezo.

  3. Maganizo says:

    U wll c some shallow minded pple kunyoza…instead ov kulimbikira ntchito ndi manja awo koma ntchito yawo kuba,kuononga pamapeto azinyoza atsogoloreri,ngat kuti atsogorelio angazatilimire ife ndikumadya.plz lets unite,than kulozana zala in whch @ last 0%

  4. 61 million is peanuts

  5. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    I wonder why Japan is still naive in their model of assisting poor countries.

    You cant go to the rural area and give people money to buy shoes when the people do not have food or other immediate necessities OR when the people are 5-star thieves hence not trustworthy.

    Although we know that you don’t like China, but what you should have done was to borrow a leaf from the Chinese model of assisting people in other developing nations.
    The Chinese bring in their own labour force and supervisors and equipment; thus controlling for timeliness and quality of the projects.

    If you have the ball to stand disappointment, just dare come again after two years to see progress; you will be very disappointed to the last hair on your ball. I can assure you without fear of contradiction that some minister(s) or just some “influential” people have already contacted those people you are to give money to; to discuss how they (the ministers) can help make this money (all or part of it) grow legs and disappear. It’s sad but true.

    I envy the Chinese and their smartness.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  6. CheJumo says:

    If it was possible I would advise government to resuscitate the schemes we had during the actual MCP under Kamuzu. I also remember seeing prisons producing their own food. This was so until multi-party was introduced when the western countries condemned the practice of having prisoners work in gardens in order to feed themselves. The Malawi government swallowed hook, line and sinker without looking at the pros/cons about the suggestion. Definitely it will be wrong to compare the way things are run in a developed country to how you can do the same in an economy like that of Malawi. Does it mean these prisoners spend the whole day locked in their cells and expect resources to come from a cash strapped government like ours? ndiye akubawo akulangidwa kumene, all that in the name of “Human Rights?”
    If these gifts are put to good use I am sure those utilising them should be able to produce maize two to three times in a year. Maize just needs three months to become ready for consumption. Instead we will hear that those pumps are being used to pump water for an individual specifically for watering flowers in his yard. AMalawi tinakhala bwanji pa nkhani yodzikonda?

  7. Dr maliko says:

    out of the 61 million 50 is for mathanyula

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