Irrigation Key to Food Security - Nankhumwa
The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Hon. Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, says that it is only through Irrigation fed agriculture that Malawi can achieve food security.
The Minister was speaking when he visited the Department of Irrigation, under the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development, to appreciate the departments success stories as well as the challenges being faced in its quest to achieve the goal of having more land under irrigation farming in the country.
Nankhumwa explained, "for the country to achieve food security at both household and national level, we need to talk Irrigation. Through irrigation we can harvest two to three times a year. The national Irrigation policy must be implemented in its entirety to achieve food security in this country."
Nankhumwa further said, climate change is threatening rain fed agriculture and therefore it is imperative that there be a serious approach to irrigation farming.
The government is currently in the process of executing a big irrigation project called Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP) .
The project will be implemented in Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts in the southern part of Malawi. The program development objective for the Shire Valley Transformation Program is to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization for targeted households in the Shire Valley, and to improve the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. It is being financed by World Bank to the tune of US$235 million.
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
The Ministry of Agriculture, and Food Security (MOAFS) is one of the key ministries in the Malawi Government. Agriculture, being the mainstay of the country’s economy, makes the Ministry prominent in Malawi society in general, and in its contribution to the economy in particular.The Ministry is organized in 7 technical Departments namely Agriculture Extension Services, Crops Development, Animal Health and Industry, Agriculture Research, Agriculture Planning Services, Land Resource and Conservation, and Fisheries. The Ministry also includes Irrigation and Water Development, the government institution responsible for the water sub-sector.
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GOVERNMENT RELEASES FARMGATE PRICES
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security says that regulation of agricultural commodity prices is key in improving incomes of farmers and achieving food and nutrition security in the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Francis Kasaila, MP was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday 7th April 2020, where government was releasing the 2019/2020 Minimum Farmgate Prices aimed at guiding farmers and traders on the recommended prices for different agricultural commodities.
Kasaila said that it is imperative that government regulates the market prices for various agricultural commodities to ensure that farmers get their crops worth as well as affordable prices to consumers.
"The release of minimum farmgate prices at the start of each selling season ensures that farmers are not exploited by the unscrupulous traders. At the same time, this measure ensures affordable prices to consumers."
The 2019/2020 minimum Farmgate Prices puts Maize at MK200/kg, Polished Rice at MK600/Kg, Soya Beans at MK300/Kg and Grade A Cotton at MK389/Kg among other commodities.
Kasaila also revealed during the press conference that Admarc will start buying maize from farmers on Thursday, 9th April 2020 in the Southern Region and Ntcheu District.
National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP)
The National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) is the framework guiding investment in Malawi’s agricultural sector over the next five years. The NAIP provides a framework to coordinate and prioritise investments by various government agencies, Development Partners (DPs) and None State Actors (NSA) in the sector. The NAIP succeeds and builds on the achievements and lessons learned under the Agricultural Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp).
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