Mutharika for industrialized agriculture in Malawi from subsistence farming

President Peter Mutharika says his government has put in place policies and programs that will see Malawi shifting from subsistence farming to agriculture for industrialization.

Mutharika speaking with IFAD delegation

President Mutharika exchanging gifts with Nwaze

This transpired during an audience the Head of State  had with the visiting president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD),  Kanayo Nwanze at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday.

Mutharika cited the newly launched National Irrigation Policy and the National Agriculture Policy as vital blue prints that have the capacity to break food insecurity and poverty.

The Malawi leader  further hinted that government intends to align agriculture production with markerting and trade policies.

“What we have done so far is to establish Agriculture commodity exchange markets for other crops other than tobacco because in the past we used to rely on this crop which is now a loser: for instance, this year the revenue collected dropped by about 18 percent.

“And farmers have no control of how at what price they can sell thier own tobacco, that is why we are now are changing focus to other crops,” said Mutharika.

While citing access to financing as a major challenge affecting agriculture transformation efforts,the Malawi leader appealed to IFAD to allocate substantial funds to Malawi for rural farmers.

“I am aware that IFAD country strategic opportunity programme for Malawi covering the period between 2016 and 2022… It is my expectation that Malawi will be allocated a substantial amount of resources in the next IFAD funding cycle to keep with our levels of needs,” he said.

The President added that Malawi need money to address constraints to food security to improve rural livelihoods.

In his remarks Nwanze said having visited and interacted with rural farmers in Mchinji and Chiwamba in Lilongwe, it is clear that Malawi will soon be food secure and record a surplus for export.

He also pledged his organizations continue support towards mindset change which he said is a critical component of agricultural transformation.

IFAD has been in Malawi since 1981 and has supported the country to the tune of 244 million dollars thus far.

Currently, the organization has allocated 42.3 million dollars to Malawi to support the Financial Advancement for Rural Markets, Smallholders and Enterprises project in the country.

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7 thoughts on “Mutharika for industrialized agriculture in Malawi from subsistence farming”

  1. Ngalamayi says:

    This I will believe when I see. How many broken promises, policies now? Broadband in all rural areas? Single lane bridges abolished…… To make this work, infrastructure must be in place, and Malawi’s infrastructure is mostly broken, under this government.

  2. Detective says:

    Making policies indeed mr president??? Mukatelo mudzagawaneso ma tractors eti???? We know mukungofunapo ndalamazo, Boma ili kuba too much

  3. Choonadi says:

    Zitsilu kwanu mkudyodola maganizo anzanu. Inu maganizo otukula Malawi mwaatulitsa pati? Ndinu nkhumba nasi. Chokani mukitinyansa a satana inu.

  4. Hungryman says:

    Mr. President, with due respect, which policy did you follow when you distributed our tractors to your kinsmen and friends? How did that decision help Malawi to move from poverty to prosperity?
    Just asking?

    Hungryman

  5. Chambo says:

    Za ziiii! We had tractors which were bought for the same purpose. Where are they now???? angofuna ndalama atapepo za campaign awa basi. Malawi sazatheka.

  6. MONALISA says:

    Bwinotu bwino!
    Ndatitu bwino!
    Matalakitala mwatibera aja?
    Chimanga mwatibera chija ?
    Nde mukanene zimenezi
    Za mayindasi Agilikachala ?
    Ndi mphwako chipondero chaponda ali kumenekoyo?

    Ayi ndithu zitivinani
    Kuteroko mulufuna kuomolanso kachikena

    Inutu wanthu inu njayla

  7. Richard Soko says:

    Policy contradictions at best.
    You sold tractors to your ministers and handclappers and now you say you want mechanised farming. Do you mean those who bought the tractors? Yes, we now understand your mission as mchona

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