Napolean Dzombe’s village farm to help improve Malawi economy

Nzeru za Abambo farm in Mtalimanja village in Dowa District, initially meant for maize production and processing, is now expanding across 200 hacters of land and working towards diversifying crop production in order to increase exports that would help earn the much needed foreign exchange in Malawi.

Lowe and Dzombe, the banana plantation behind them
Lowe(right) and Dzombe (left), the dam and hotel behind them

The farm has just introduced a banana plantation, will grow oranges and tangerines and is currently constructing over twenty greenhouses for production of various vegetables.

A deep and very wide dam was already constructed–from which  water is being pumped to irrigate the farm–using electricity-powered mechanization.

Nzeru za Abambo farm is owned by community members–led by a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Napoleon Dzombe–who actually hails from Mtalimanja village.

Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe, visited the farm to appreciate what is going on there, a gesture which, apparently, pleased Dzombe as it meant “government acknowledges his initiatives”.

And speaking during the minister’s tour, Dzombe emphasized that the farm aims at promoting production in order to create more employment opportunities and increase exports.

“If we can produce as much as we can, it means we will have a lot of exports that would help Malawi generate more forex which will be used to develop the country, ” he said.

Dzombe said it is sad that chain stores in Malawi are flooded with imported bananas, oranges and tangerines from Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique, respectively.

“This is not pleasing at all. Malawi has favourable conditions to grow these crops. We need to grow and export these crops in order to improve our economy which will, in turn, enable our people have jobs and incomes”.

He added that, the greenhouses at the farm, will ensure control of the weather so that the crops would be grown continually and meet the specifications for exportation.

According to Dzombe, there will be over 20 greenhouses at the farm–imported from China.

Nzeru za Abambo farm is not the only amazing initiative minister Lowe toured in Mtalimanja village.

Apparently, the village also has the School for Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) which Dzombe and the community are operating since 2006 with an annual funding from well-wishers–now at USD500,000.

SAFI enrolls 40 families from across the country at one single time, training them in modern methods of farming.

According to Dzombe, the 40 families are accommodated in the school’s houses that have electricity and piped water.

The school takes care of the families’ every day needs during their stay and also provides for their travel to and from the place.

Near the irrigation dam, construction of a huge modern hotel is underway.

Dzombe told minister Lowe that the facility will contribute towards boosting Malawi’s tourism and generate income for people in Mtalimanja village through meetings, among many other tourist activities.

After the tour, Lowe said he was impressed with what he described as “brilliant innovations and initiatives” by a Malawian.

“This is commendable because it is not just the farm, the hotel and the farming school. He has also opened up roads here, brought electricity and water that have improved people’s lives.

“I am also impressed with the irrigation farming and cooperation the people here have demonstrated towards agriculture. Irrigation and cooperatives are the things we must promote if the country’s agriculture is indeed to be beneficial,” Lowe said.

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Onil Kambirinya
Onil Kambirinya
15 days ago

Very good start, that should be made available all over our land, Malawi

Yalakwa Four
15 days ago

I am trying to find money. To buy wood for burning my bricks. Sir Napoleon, any help!

Jack chan
Jack chan
14 days ago
Reply to  Yalakwa Four

are you not the same one going to mugg and bean for a cappuccino the other day. Usova

Ine
Ine
15 days ago

It’s a shame to hear our president saying we need azungu from South Africa to crumble for the little available resources. Please consult the forward thinking Malawian like Dzombe and stop wasting time with the kokoliko noises.

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
15 days ago
Reply to  Ine

You diot! He did not say that! Go and listen again! He said white farmers from Rsa are welcome if to invest here if they want

Kwengwere
Kwengwere
15 days ago
Reply to  Sikelo Gonani

Your idiocy smells shit

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
15 days ago

Fantastic

Njati
Njati
15 days ago

instead of that Kokoliko stuff better you consult such forward thinking Malawians who are improving the lives of the people in their villages on how to replicate this in all districts but through different ventures.

Tea Grower Thyolo
Tea Grower Thyolo
15 days ago
Reply to  Njati

Mwatani Kodi… Dzombe can not support the whole Malawi with his farm and exports. Kokoliliko must learn from him and try to do something similar or better

Kat
Kat
15 days ago

koma mumamva chizungu. tawerenganinso. Palembedwa zoti Dzombe should support Malawi pamenepa?

Kwengwere
Kwengwere
15 days ago

This Kokoliliko thing is a recipe for troubles. It shouldn’t happen.

Nyapapi
Nyapapi
15 days ago
Reply to  Njati

Kokoliko will be doing the same so that we many people employed and many beneficiaries. We cannot only have Nzeru zabambo in this.

WTF
WTF
15 days ago
Reply to  Njati

Sir Napoleon Dzombe is a true son of the soil. Malawi is in dire need of such individuals. God bless you sir

Central
Central
14 days ago
Reply to  Njati

Disagree in strongest terms..! This is shallow thinking at its best! If you’ve issues with Kokoliko stuff, it might be good to mention such issues!! After all the fact that Dzombe is greatly providing good contributions does not mean that others don’t have additional ideas!! Let those who have their own ideas practically start them….!!

If you were around during Kamuzu, why did the then government had Press Agriculture Ltd and General Farming Ltd and NOT one of them? Get off the fear of unknown you have against Kokoliko….!!

Njati
Njati
14 days ago
Reply to  Central

it had those because it was a one party government. That is why it was even having bakeries for heaven’s sake. this is a democracy and political parties especially ruling ones should not be hijacking government projects. Why did they not do it when they were in opposition. Why now. Those are red flags. Yes I was around during that time.

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