Chakwera seriously warns AIP Suppliers

By Glory Msowoya, MANA President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has warned unscrupulous suppliers that might want to be involved in corruption in this year’s Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP). Speaking during the launch of the AIP at Pirimiti Boys Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo in Zomba, the President urged all suppliers to follow all terms and conditions of their contracts. “Corruption is unethical. This malpractice will not be tolerated in this programme and my government will…

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Malawi has been famine-infested because few farming households had no access to affordable farming inputs—President Chakwera

By Solister Mogha, MANA President Lazarus Chakwera said the country has been a poor and famine-infested nation because very few farming households had a chance to access cheap and affordable farming inputs. He said this at the official launch of the much-touted K160.2 billion farming Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP), which he described as an injection that would drive the country’s economy. Speaking at Pirimiti Boys Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo in Zomba on Saturday,…

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Malawi officially launches agriculture policy advancement and transformation institute

Maravi Express Malawi Agriculture Policy Advancement and Transformation Agenda (MwAPATA) Institute, an independent agricultural policy think tank formed in 2019, has officially been launched at a grand event that took place at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Thursday. Speaking during the function, which was presided over by Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe, MwAPATA Board chairperson and advisor Richard Mkandawire described the launch as a milestone, saying the institute will help to support home grown policy generated…

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Agriculture expert tips cooking demonstrations as critical to improving nutrition status

  By Cosmas Chimaliro, MANA Agriculture extension development coordinator for Emusizini Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Mzimba, Martin Gondwe says cooking demonstrations help households to acquire knowledge in preparing diversified dietary meals.   Gondwe made the remarks on Tuesday in Mzuzu when he presented a report to members of Mzimba North District Nutrition Coordinating Committee, saying using locally available food stuffs in cooking demonstrations, households can gain knowledge on how to prepare six food groups  which can go a…

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Ministry of Agriculture assures farmer not to panic over locusts that has invaded Tanzania

By Lameck Kwalimba, MANA Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has assured farmers not to panic with the locusts that have hit neighbouring Tanzania.  The assurance comes following fears that farmers across Malawi fear that the locusts may migrate into Malawi since the locusts have wreaked havoc in the Horn of Africa. Reports say the locusts have been moving in a southerly and easterly direction, from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya where they were first spotted.  Speaking in Lilongwe…

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Ministry of Agriculture warns on Armyworm outbreak

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has issued an alert to all farmers and the general public that there are Armyworm (Fall Armyworm and African Armyworm) outbreaks reported in several districts. A statement from the Ministry’s secretary, Gray Nyandule-Phiri, says these armyworm outbreaks are facilitated by the prevailing weather conditions in the country.  “Most parts of the country are experiencing weather conditions characterized by several rainy days followed by sunny days. This type of weather coupled…

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Government hails China-Malawi partnership in agriculture sector

Minister of Agriculture,Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has expressed government’s delight in the way the People’s Republic of China is committed in supporting Malawi in its efforts to achieve a hunger free nation. Nankhumwa was speaking in Chiradzulu on Monday, December 30 when he presided over the handing over ceremony of a solar powered irrigation and maize milling facility at Mikolongwe Veterinary farm in the district. The facility, which has been established by a Chinese company Hebei Pingle…

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