Farmers switch from tobacco growing to potatoes, tout it is ‘more profitable’

Some farmers in Kasungu have switched from tobacco growing to orange-fleshed sweet potatoes and Irish potato farming, saying it is more profitable.

Mhango dries his Irish potatoes
Mpani used to be a tobacco farmer

The development follows the introduction of improved varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes in the country by International Potato Centre under the Kulima Project.

In an interview, a former tobacco farmer, Jaka Mpani of Chisazima Village in Senior Chief Kaomba in Kasungu, said he was making profits from potato farming.

He said: “In 2019, I switched to sweet potato farming and my life has changed.

“I have bought an ox-cart, two donkeys and I have a shop.”

Another farmer, Chimwemwe Mhango from Matemanga Village in Traditional Authority Nyaluwanga, has also found a new lease of life in Irish potato farming.

“In 2019, I started Irish potato farming as a seed multiplier and sold the seed which fetched a lot of money,” he said.

International Potato Centre research technician David Nthobwa said they want farmers to embrace potato farming.

“We have new varieties and we want them to be available to farmers in the country,” he said.

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A.

The varieties were bred in Malawi by the Department of Agriculture Research Services.

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BornForTheSmoke
BornForTheSmoke
12 days ago

The moment we legalise chamba, all these farmers will be swimming in money. Our entire country would be transformed.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
13 days ago

Very good and rich development.
Kulima mbewu iyo ungaryako&not Hona.
Let this spread national wide.
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Opportunist
Opportunist
13 days ago

Tobacco is useless

Dausee
Dausee
14 days ago

The new CEO at Tobacco Commission is very intelligent. He has brought with him vast knowledge and brilliant ideas. According to him, all the Tobacco this year will be bought at prices you have never seen before. All those who stopped growing will come back as he will make the merchants buy the crop at 10 dollars per kg.

It’s a new era.

National CEO
National CEO
12 days ago
Reply to  Dausee

Linda madzi apite ndiye uziti ndadala. Does a Tobacco Commission buy tobacco from farmers

Russie
Russie
14 days ago

If Malawians concentrate on growing something that, if not bought by the foreigner, could be sold locally, it can grow. Tobacco, though profitable, has never been edible. If not sold, it’s thrown away as compost. This tiny country concentrates on a crop that contributes to Malawi’s perennial hunger

Nelson
13 days ago
Reply to  Russie

That’s good if farmers are farming edible plants cause those tobacco if they don’t buy them the farmers suffers a lot they do think of loan plus alagizi which they take money after sales fertiliser which they apply on those tobacco and they waited the whole year those to be sold they need to ha license I mean it’s like punishment seriously then someone who has never ever hold a hoe cause he knows English he goes there to tell the price

Gedion Butao
Gedion Butao
14 days ago

That’s what Malawian farmers have to embrace.Change!

The Khumalos are racketeering
The Khumalos are racketeering
14 days ago

Good development

Tman
Tman
14 days ago

Beautiful

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