Mutharika tells SG of Flanders govt: Malawi to utilize water, enhance food, commercial crop production

In order to achieve self-sufficiency, Malawi government has commenced large scale irrigation farming through Green Belt Initiative to utilize water from lakes and perennial rivers to enhance the country’s food and commercial crop production.

Mutharika receiving a gift from Flanders SG

Mutharika receiving a gift from Flanders SG

Mutharika and the visiting Flanders government officials

Mutharika and the visiting Flanders government officials

President Professor Peter Mutharika Wednesday told Secretary General Koen Verlaeckt of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Flanders Government during an audience at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

He expressed appreciation to the Government of Flanders for the timely humanitarian assistance which was provided to the government of Malawi towards the devastating floods that affected 15 districts in the country.

“I am hopeful that the Flanders Government will assist us in our post disaster reconstruction and recovery phase, which is still posing challenges,” said Mutharika.

He commended the Flanders government for concerted efforts on promoting agricultural extensions under national Sector-Wide Approach (SWAP) project for Agriculture and Food security which is currently confined to two districts of Kasungu and Mzimba.

Mutharika said the SWAP program is mainly concentrating on commercial agriculture, the processing of Agricultural products and market development among others.

Malawi’s President therefore informed Verlaeckt that government believes that agriculture is a key to enhancing food security, economic growth and wealth creation.

Mutharika therefore request the Flanders government to consider supporting Malawi in the implementation of this project as it will significantly boost security and economic growth.

On education sector, Mutharika said government has broadened education system towards skills development in Malawians youths and communities.

“We are constructing Community Technical Colleges across the country for our youths and communities. In so doing, we are also providing opportunities for the many youths who fail to enroll in the public Universities,” he said.

He said government is creating a skilled workforce to support call for direct investment in Malawi. These skills are necessary for industrialization, job creation, and creation of new businesses for economic growth.

“We believe that the future of any country heavily depends on the knowledge, skills, and expertise of its youth. As such, my Government attaches special importance to this priority programme,” he explained.

In his remarks, Verlaeckt said Flanders government is committed to help Malawi to improve the lives of the country through the implementation of different programs in the sectors of health, education and Agriculture.

Verlaeckt promised Malawi government to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two governments.

He said the work will roll out across the country but currently they are working in two districts of Kasungu and Mzimba.

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sing'ombe ndani
Guest

What is Flanders govt? Where is this country? I must confess I have not heard of this country before. Our president is, yet again, asking for assistance. Do we really have to beg from everyone we meet, even from nonentities?

Kau
Guest

Kupepha. Ichi mwandithandiza komanso pali vuto ili. Kkkkkkkkk. Tikhalire zimenezi?

John
Guest

MR. PRESIDENT, I HEAR YOUR CRONIES ARE BUSY BUYING LAND WHERE RESULTS OF THE AIRBORNE SURVEY ON MINERAL EXPLORATION HAVE SHOWN THAT THERE COULD BE SOME DEPOSITS. ALL THIS IS DONE WITH THE INTENTION OF REAPPING THE COUNTRY THROUGH HUGE COMPENSATION. CAN THE MINISTRY OF LANDS AND THE ACB INVESTIGATE THIS PLEASE??????????? THIS IS WHY MALAWI WILL NEVER DEVELOP!!! ENAFE SITIZABWERANSO KU MALAWI KWANUKO, KWACHULUKA UMBAVATOO MUCH!!! BOLA NDIZISESA MISEU YAKUNO NDI KUSAMALA OKALAMBA!

Zayang'ana
Guest

Boma ilo boma!!!!

SONG
Guest

That is why this country is suffering because no president would copy the way Kamuzu Banda did, rubbish.

Mtumbuka
Guest

Kamuzu kamuzu what? A killer, a dictotor who failed to develop Malawi undisturbed, no opposition?

Noxy
Guest

Which government is this called Flanders ? never heard about it.

Tiona Mall
Guest

This is a good initiative Prof. Even Kamuzu would love the idea to reinvigorate the food for all initiative through the Green Belt project . Bravo and keep pushing for entire Malawi

Ambuje
Guest

He will build irrigation systems in Mulanje and Thyolo lo!

State Counsel
Guest

Big up your Excellence. Irrigation is the way forward. Lets take Malawi to the next level.

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