Assures no shortage of Food
The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister, Hon. Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, has assured Malawians that for the 2019/2020 Growing season food shortage problems will not be an issue as his ministry will embark on making sure that maize is bought from farmers soon after harvest. This comes after His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has ordered the Ministry to undertake extra measures like buying maize flour and upfront tendering of maize procurement for short and long term to guarantee that this year the country has enough maize stocks.
Nankhumwa who was speaking in Lilongwe on 31st of January, 2020 at the launch of Annual Agriculture Joint Sector Review Meeting, which was held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe explained that his ministry is geared towards putting measures in place to enable food security for the nation.
"the Ministry has moved in swiftly to address the problems through both short term and long term measures which include procurement of maize flour and upfront tendering of maize procurement. We are therefore guaranteed of maize stocks within the control of government and this problem will not be there next season, " said Nankhumwa.
The Minsiter also alluded to the fact that his mjnistry iw working towards revamping and improving agriculture programmes for both the youth and women as they are a critical part of society that can improve food security in Malawi.
"My Ministry is working on youth and women Flagship programmes aimed at increasing youth and women participation in agriculture value chains by removing impending elements to the youth and women involvement and empowerment," said Nankhumwa who is also Leader of Government Business in Parliament.
Nankhumwa also announced that Government has fast tracked the Medicinal Cannabis Bill and it will go on the floor in the next sitting of Parliament.
Representing the Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security. Irish Ambassador to Malawi, Gerry Cunningham commended government for its sound policies and programmes aimed at eradicating hunger in the country in order to achieve food security.
Cunningham further asked Government to accelerate the investment landscape in order to attract the private sector in the Agriculture industry.
The Annual Joint Sector Review for the agriculture sector brings together all players in the agricultural industry from public, private, Donor Community, Non-Governmental Organsiations, Civil Society and farmer Groups. The main objective of the review is to reflect on the successes and challenges of the previous financial year and map a way forward for the future. This year the review is being held under the theme ‘Strengthening Accountability of NAIP Implementation for sustainable agricultural transformation’.