Vice President Khumbo Kachali has said the presidential Initiative to distribute a cow to each family is one of practical way of reducing poverty among rural households in Malawi.
Kachali was speaking when he luanched a ‘Family a cow’ Programme in Ntchisi South constituency on Wednesday.
Kachali said President Dr Joyce Banda was committed to making a difference among the rural areas by implementing practical steps that will end poverty within a short period.
“This is a Personal Vision of Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda and that of Peoples Party that we can reduce poverty if we empower the Individual at household level. Through cows that we are giving Out to farmers we want to reduce the pressure on Food Corps which others säle. They can now säle milk and other products from the cow,” said Kachali.
He said Tobacco prices had improved as the President had taken a Personal interest in ensuring that buyers pay right prices and that other Cash crops such as soya and ground nuts.
He said while Government is implementing large scale initiatives such as infrastructure development, the targeted family initiatives were meant to help Malawians and bridge the gap between the poorest and the rich.
He advised farmers to ensure that they secure and progress the Initiative.
Minister of Agriculture Professor Peter Mwanza said the Initiative will help to supplement farmers incomes and help improve their livelihood.
Provincial Chairperson for PP Kizito Ngwembe and MP for the area Ulemu Chilapondwa said farmers used to säle crops because they had nö supplementäry incomes which can now be realised through livestock production.