Govt urged to encourage irrigation farming

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Felix Jumbe

Jumbe (standing); We need change.

Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Felix Jumbe says there is need to implement the greenbelt initiative in order to improve food shortage in the country.

Speaking to the local media, Jumbe said the green belt initiative is the best way to overcome the challenge.

Jumbe, who is also Member of Parliament for Salima Central, argued that the country should reformulate green belt initiative instead of depending on the subsidy programme, if it wants to achieve food security.

Over 2.8 million Malawians are expected to be affected by hunger this year and there are fears that the situation will not improve as people may harvest little due to the erratic rains.

Analysts have always argued that it is foolish for Malawians to be waiting for rains every year when the country is blessed with numerous water bodies.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme has expressed concern over the shortage of food in the country saying it is leading to a rise in the price of maize.

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  1. Iwe ukuti ma graduate aku Bunda ni NRC akungomwa tea muoffice ukunama koopsa,do you know how much it cost for just 1 Cylinder water pump, taona izi that’s hybrid seed under irrigation

  2. Mr Jumbe is so right, bravo jumbe. Pulumusani amalawi paja ndinu nomwe munaletsa boma kukwezaso xul fees. If we had 10 pipo thinkin like dis man malawi eldnt b like dis.

  3. Wrong mentality. As long as you are a graduate u can ably handle office work.. After all what z there in the office? But the conditions are restrictive hence the problem.

  4. Maganizo abwino ndithu nthawi zonse maganizo woterewa amasowa anthu owakwanilitsa kuti achitike. Malawi citizens chifukwa chosagwirizana kupyolera mu tribalism ndinso chigawo chochokera ndinso chipani mukuimilira chosatira chake ndikubweratsa maganizo ophwasula osakhala kumanga. Bvuto la Malawi sikuti kulibe zofunikira za chilengedwe zingabweletse chuma ndikuziimila pathoka koma chibwana chachuluka ndipo ndale zathu sizinakhwimebe.Ndale zodalira kuphwasula maganizo akufuna kwabwino kuti dziko litukuke, sizidzathandiza Malawi mpaka mwini wa ulamuliro wadziko lapansi mdi kumwamba adzatulukira.
    Munthu wofunira dziko lake zabwino akamva maganizo atsopano wofuna kutukula dziko amakhala ndi chidwi zifufuza njira mmene maganizowo angaphelezele kuti zithekhe osati kujedula maganizowo.
    Yambani kugwirizana nawo amene musagwirizana nawo kumbali ya chipani, dera lochokera kapena chibadwidwe.
    Kodi chimwalire Dr H Banda atumbuka akukwatilana atumbuka okhaokha, achawa achawa okhaokha, ALHOMWE ALHLOMWE OKHAOKA. Kodi ku mpoto kulibe akumwera kapena apakati, nanga pakati ndi kumwera anthu achibadwidwe chosiyanasiyana sakukhalira limodzi?

  5. Mr Jumbe’ s suggestion is correct. Irrigation ndiyofunikira 2 boost Malawi’s economy. Most land is lying idle yet it is few metres fro big rivers full of water thr out de yr. Let us make use of the resources. De gvt shld make policies 2 empower middle class group which is productive. Empowering de poorest zalephera kutukula Malawi. Caution: weather pattern ya chaka chino needs emergency plan. Boma lipemphe minda pa nchalo ndi Dwangwa adzale chimanga chodzathandiza nacho A malawi. Zinthu siziri bwino.

  6. chuma cha dziko lathu chili nthaka but noone is seriuos about improving agriculture,the one person who was seriuos with it was Kamuzu Banda

  7. Green belt inalipo kale koma vuto kuba aku Ministry of Agriculture, komaso kulangiza munthu wanjala u guys over der u have to dat kumangokhala kutaya nthawi yanuvpa chabe , gvnt shud start gvng local farmers loans kuti uli upite pasogolo osati ulangi wanuwo opanda capital.

  8. Kodi ma graduate aku Bunda ndi NRC ulimi akumachitila mu office,koma maiko ngati south africa anthu ngati amenewa amayambitsa ntchito zaulimi nkumalembaso anthu ntchito,koma kumalawi munthu akapita kukoleji amalingalila zadzakhala mu office basi,komatu chonsecho wapanga zaulimi,tisinthe machitidwe athu.

  9. chitsime chimadzika kuti ndichakuya madzi akauma padzana padzana paja muma bingu ndiopwanya ma ufulu wa athu komanso muthu wakhaza wapita lero akut bola bingu uja! ….. I don’t understand malawias and we don’t know what we want

  10. Kodi anthuwa bwanji amakonda kuyankhula ngati akulota?Green belt ikunenedwayi inakaninika kalekale.Panopa njala tikupanga nayo chipapa.Sitifolera nyumba ikuyaka moto.Siyani kulota mungangoutsa mnkwiyo wanga zotsatira zake ndingokutukwanani adyabu.

  11. Mumadikira mumve nkhwanga mmutu,Malawian kulimbikira ntchito mayiko a eni wake ndiye mumadya one.good at talking but poor implementation

  12. Mbewa inu,,adani adziko awa. Zimenezo simumaziwa kale kuti ndizofunika? You have to talk of today’s plan because people they are hungry and can not wait for that nonsense idea. Irrigation will also need fertiliser,,how many people will have money to buy that expensive bag of it? The good plan is just to reduce the prise of fertilizer not irrigation, for what? The late #Bingu was indeed selected by God. He was our gift from god to save malawi from hunger. But here is the problem,,good people don’t last long.

  13. Kodi such things need envouragement? What do our PHD holders in agriculture do at Capital Hill do in their offices. They know these things. They are not villagers.

  14. MwazinDikra mochedwa akanganya inu, Ndiye modziwe kuti mukasokoneza ma plan omwe ena anayika pakale othandiza a Malawi, inu kamba ka ndale mkuchotsa, timawona ndipo umenewu ndiwuchitsilu wa mtho

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