Malawi youth should utilize the abundant resources the country has to excavate the hidden treasure thereby accelerating development.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Grace Obama Chiumia said during agribusiness and sports festival activities launch at Katengeza Trading Center in Nkhotakota this week.
She confessed that the country has no adequate funding for activities hence the need for the youth to be active in resource mobilization.
She urged the youth to refrain from going to South Africa without plans. She highlighted that most of those youth stay in the foreign land illegally forcing themselves to live a miserable life in hidings.
“It is pity to note that many youths opt to go and work outside the country like South Africa while there are smarter activities which they can do right in our country,” explained Chiumia.
The minister emphasized that there are several mining activities and fishing which can assist the youth to obtain enough money for sustainability.
She told the youth to involve themselves in legal or procedural mining by obtaining licenses from authorities.
Chiumia revealed that there are several companies and organizations that showed interest to assist the youth in development.
“For instance, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has donated US$20 000 (about MK8 million) each to eight districts including Nkhotakota and Nkhatabay, for agribusiness and sports festival activities.
“Chibuku Company wants to engage the youth groups in red sorghum cultivation where the company will provide seeds and will buy the cereals at a reasonable price,” she said.
She said some of the youth groups will be involved in selling Chibuku products such as Maheu in their communities at an agreed commission, but added, “Take note that selling of Chibuku beer by the youth will not be entertained.”
Universal Industries has engaged the youth in cassava farming. The company will provide cassava cuttings to the interested groups and in return they will buy the cassava right from the village.
She asked district stakeholders to be transparent and let the youth groups chose the activities they are comfortable with rather than imposing something to them.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :