Malawi govt impressed with USAID funded farmer to farmer project

Authorities have expressed  satisfaction with the efforts by the Washington DC based non partisan organization, called The Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture [CNFA] for implemented a five year project called ‘farmer to farmer’ observed it has generated a rapid and sustainable economic growth in  Malawi’s agricultural sector.

Changaya:The farmer to farmer project by CNFA is a pool of knowledge

The project started in 2013 and rolled out in 20 districts has among others helped improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector farmers

Controller of Agriculture Extension and Technical services in Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development, Albert Changaya said through the project the organization has been able to support farmers with technical knowhow on smart agriculture practices

Changaya disclosed this  in Lilongwe during the CNFA’s Farmer to Farmer project  meeting.

He said the project has complemented Malawi government’s priority agenda’s

Said Changaya: ‘The farmer to farmer project by CNFA is a pool of knowledge where Malawians farmers gets agricultural training’s and it covers area’s of horticulture, soy beans, and legumes among other crops including livestock’.

CNFA  Country Director  Rodrick Chirambo in his remarks described their project as an oriented approach for empowering farmers in the country.

Chirambo explains:  “Since we started this project achievements have been scored. We have completed 126 assignments of which 90 percent are what we call the core value chains of horticulture and legumes. 60 percent are smallholder farmers cooperatives while 22 are private small and medium-sized enterprises.”

Chirambo said the most famous training programs under the project are crop production and business management skills that represents a 70 percent of all assignments

Blantyre based Chilomoni Integrated Fish Farmers is one of the out standing cooperative groups benefited from the project according to Chirambo

Manager for Zomba based Mwandama Cooperatives, Bornwell  Kaunga said despite progress made there’s need for CNFA to improve in time management if the project is to remain successful

The CNFA’s five year project started in 2013 and will wind up in this year [2018] with financial from USAID which coughed in, $3million according to CNFA boss Rodrick Chirambo.

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