MCP’s Jumbe hits at JB over ‘One Cow Per Poor Family’ programme

Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) Director of Campaign, Felix Jumbe openly challenged president Joyce Banda on  what he claimed is personalising the Ministry of Agriculture project on One Cow a Family.

Speaking  at a rally at Chipoka in Salima to mark the launch of the MCP manifesto in Salima South Constituency, Jumbe accused Banda of  personalising the One Cow a Family as a personal initiative when it is actually a ministry of Agriculture project.

“I feel sorry for Malawi when I see the whole President personalising government project just to woo support in the coming tripartite elections, the good thing is that Malawians are aware of the reality, and will make informed choices come 20 May,” said Jumbe.

Felix Jumbe: One Cow project should be handled by ministry
Felix Jumbe: One Cow project should be handled by ministry

Banda launched an initiative that seeks to ensure each family has at least one cow.

She said the aim is to empower vulnerable households that do not own livestock.

“The programme has identified vulnerable groups particularly women who benefit through increased household incomes and diversified food sources.

She said this would benefit the national economy “through the increased production and reduced imports of meat and meat products”.

Malawi’s livestock sector contributes 11 percent of GDP and about 38 percent of agricultural production to the national economy.

The industry provides meat, eggs, milk and milk products.

President Banda said her government had bought 50 dairy cows from South Africa to boost a livestock sector that is short of 5 000 to 6 000 milk-producing beasts.

One estimate says Malawi’s milk per capita consumption is five litres against WHO recommendations that a person should take 220 litres of milk in a year.

There has been some growth in the livestock sector.

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