Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development Department of Crop Development Department of Fisheries Department of Irrigation APPSA Project Department of Water Development
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Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development

A sustainable livestock development to improve economic and nutritional well-being of Malawians and rural livelihood while guaranteeing the safety of the general public from consumption and utilization of livestock, livestock products and by-products.
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Department of Crop Development

Implementation Arrangements; The Department implements its activities through the following sections: Farm Mechanisation Section-promotes technologies that are aimed at reducing drudgery of farm operations. Horticulture Section-Promotes technologies aimed at improving production of horticultural crops Field crops Section-Responsible for improved seed and sustainable production of all field crops.
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Department of Fisheries

To provide professional services to ensure sustainable fisheries resource utilization and enhanced aquaculture through principles of good governance production from capture fisheries and aquaculture. To reduce fish post harvest losses To increase per capita fish consumption To enhance business and entrepreneurial capacities and skills of small-scale producers
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Department of Irrigation

There are four irrigation technologies which are utilised by the smallholder farmers namely; Gravity-fed, Treadle Pumps, Motorised Pumps and Watering cans. The gravity-fed technology accounts for 56% of the total developed area under smallholder farmers.This technology is the most commonly used because of its cost-effectiveness as it does not need fuel as is the case with the motorized pump-based technology
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APPSA Project

Agriculture Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) What is APPSA ???? The Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) is a project supported by the World Bank which seeks to promote a regional approach to agricultural technology generation and dissemination by supporting the strengthening and scaling up of regional centres of research leadership on commodities of regional importance.
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Department of Water Development

The Department of Water Resources Management and Development is mandated to spearhead the management and development of water resources in the country. The ultimate aim of the Department is to achieve sustainable and integrated water resources management and development that make water readily available and equitably accessible to and used by all Malawians.

Castel Malawi to start contract farming

CASTEL MALAWI TO START CONTRACT FARMING

Castel Malawi has communicated to Government through the Ministry of Agriculture that it plans to start contract farming for maize and rice with local farmers as soon as possible.

Speaking at a meeting held in Lilongwe on Monday 17th August 2020 with the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Lobin Lowe MP, Castel Malawi officials said Malawi has a lot of maize and rice yet they import. As such, they want to work with the current government to localize their supplies which will help boost the country’s economy.

“CASTEL Malawi is ready to start a long term contract farming for maize and rice with the local farmers. We plan to provide inputs and trainings to the farmers, to also identify a company that will be processing maize grains into maize grits. Imagine 2500 Metric Tonnes of rice is being imported than being supplied locally.” said Herve Milhade, Managing Director of Castel Malawi.

The company also asked government to help them in tackling some of their challenges such as heavy taxes, the overpricing on sugar by Illovo Sugar Malawi and the unsustainable supply of maize and it’s market price.

In response to the complaints made, the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Lobin Lowe MP, said, “Government is ready to support Castel Malawi in contract farming. I am pleased with this development as it will create a maize and rice market for local people thus closing the marketing gap. I’ll call for an interface meeting with Principal Secretary for Agriculture, Illovo Sugar Malawi and Castel Malawi.”

Castel Malawi Limited operates in 25 African countries. It uses Agro-raw materials such as Maize, rice, sugarcane and millet to manufacture different beverages.

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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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DISCLOSURE OF SAFEGUARD DOCUMENTS FOR THE SECOND AGRICULTURE SECTOR WIDE APPROACH-SUPPORT PROJECT (ASWAp-SP II)- ROADS COMPONENT INTRODUCTION

The Malawi Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security with support from the Multi Donor Trust Fund ( MDTF) administered by World Bank is implementing activities under the Agriculture Sector wide Approach II ( ASWAp-SP II) Project. The ASWAp SP II is a follow up to the ASWAp SP I Project which was implemented between 2008 and 2016. Read more

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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.

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