Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) says the year 2015 had been a tough one mostly because the country felt the pinch of natural disasters during the year.
FUM president Alfred Kapichira said because the country experienced floods, most farmers did not harvest much hence making a loss.
“The year 2015 has been a harsh year for farmers as they did not harvest much from their sweat and it has been a loss to most farmers,” said Kapichira.
He said this year farmers should earn something from their harvests hence buyers and farmers must agree on a price so that both the buyer and the farmers benefit.
Kapichira then asked government to improve the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) by seriously engaging farmers so that the programme is effective.
Over 2.8 million people are facing hunger this year because of the floods that washed away crops and at the moment people are struggling to buy maize at Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots.
Initially, a Ministerial survey, showed that maize production has decreased from 3,978,123 metric tons realized in 2013/2014 agricultural season to 2,898,123 metric tons in the current agricultural season.
This represents 27.7 percent decline in production. The results also show decreases in other major food crops such as rice (13.6%, millet 11.9%, cassava 1.1%, sorghum 9.3 %).