Universal Trading donate Treadle Pumps to flood victim farmers

Universal Trading a local Agri-business company in partnership with a Kenya based KingStart  Company on Monday donated 25 Money Maker Treadle pumps and Hand Pumps worth K2 million to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development to be distributed to farmers affected by floods in 15 districts.

Minister Chiyembekeza on tredle pumps
Minister Chiyembekeza on tredle pumps
Chiyembekeza checking the tredle pumps
Chiyembekeza checking the tredle pumps

Speaking after receiving the pumps in Lilongwe, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Allan Chiyembekeza said the donation has come at a right time when his ministry is intensifying preparations in readiness for irrigated crop production season.

“This donation will help farmers especially those that have lost their crops as a result of the floods that have affected some parts of the country,” he said.

He added that the country needs to move the area under irrigation from the current 102,000 to 200,000 hectares over the next few years. “This can only be achieved if such donations continue to come to the ministry.”

The minister therefore requested other companies to come forward and emulate the gesture by Universal Trading Company.

The company’s Marketing Manager, Davison Kumpama said through the modern treadle pumps, farmers from the affected areas will be able to go back to the fields to cultivate.

If a certain part of the country has been affected by calamities, as an Agriculture business company, we are also affected because these farmers are our clients,” he said.

The modern treadle pumps are the improved pumps which can be easily used by farmers, he said.

The Treadle pumps weighing 19 kilograms each can pump 85 litres of water per minute while the hand pump also known as Hip pumps are 5 kilograms each and pumps 35 litres per minute.

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7 years ago

God knows how much I hate treadle pumps! Build dams and use gravity fed irrigation. Please!

7 years ago

Tradle pumps up to when?… …you cant ask University of malawi students to come up with some new ideas rather than pumps..? you cant ask people to do research on altenative equipment than tradle pumps? ….these days technology ikupita pa tsogolo..those people in leading marketing strategy or we are lucking creative thinking …

Am not trying to say its abad move by donating pumps … but pumps need energy ..to pump time consuming kutenga ..kulumikiza….anthu atha kuba .. Too much involving.

25 PUMPS = 2MILLION Kwacha…..Azibamba amene mukutsogolorela you are not HELPING MALAWI….

Akusipata sikuwalema kusunga

Izinde mzeru izi. Osangochulutsa zakudya zika chulukaa anthuwa ayamba ulesi. Kwambil atailila.

Nanyerho Dungu
7 years ago

That’s a commendable gesture. Keep it up! But it could be better if these pumps are distributed to clubs and not individuals. Paja mumapatsa a DPP kapena abale anu nkuima pachulu kuti mwathandiza dziko. Koma mwaitha because this Gvt ikupatsani contract yaku Min of Agr. Konza kapansi Kumpama iwe…………!

7 years ago

Well done, Universal Trading. You have demonstrated that you part us.
How much is a treadle pump on the shelf? You need more sales.

Osati makampani ogulits bisiketiwa ndi sopo, kapena mowa kuli zii!

7 years ago


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