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.

Mountain Degradation

Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister, Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 bemoaned the degradation that mountains are suffering in this country despite their immense importance to the social and economic development of the nation.

Honourable Nankhumwa, who is also Leader of Government Business in Parliament, said this when he presided over International Mountain Day 2019 celebrations held at Likhubula in Mulanje. The celebrations in Mulanje were held with an aim to increase awareness on the importance of mountains for the health of the planet and well-being of billions of people.

Honourable Nankhumwa said mountain ecosystems are under serious threat from over-exploitation driven by poverty and rapid population growth. He added that mountains have been encroached for settlement and cultivation causing extensive deforestation. Unsustainable cultivation practices in mountainous areas have also resulted in severe land degradation leading to soil erosion and siltation of rivers and other water bodies downstream, he said, adding that this affects other sectors of the economy, including electricity generation in the energy sector.

In his remarks, Blantyre Water Board Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Chaweza, whose organisation has benefitted from the water tapped from Mulanje Mountain explained that the water boards and other stakeholders in the water sector will continue to take care of catchment areas as well as mountains as they are a source of water for the people.

The International Mountain Day was set by the United Nations (UN) in 2002, as part of the International Year of Mountains, which was first held in 2003.

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.

ASWAp-SP II 

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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