Malawi Government shot in the arm

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At a time when the hunger situation in Malawi is becoming worrisome, the Japanese government has helped Malawi with a whooping 61 Million Kwacha for irrigation projects under the Gift of the Givers hand.

The project will see people of Lifa Village in Blantyre and Kani in Chiradzulu benefit.

Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Shuichiro Nishioka said that it is very important that Malawi takes irrigation serious to boost the business sector.

Allan Chiyembekeza

Chiyembekeza; Funds were needed.

“Climate change has adversely affected rain-fed agriculture with almost 3million affected by hunger in the country, that’s why the Government of Japan decided to help with this grant,” said Shuichiro.

The grant will be utilized for construction of irrigation facilities as well as erection of overhead tanks for provision of water from submersible electric pumps.

Agriculture Minister, Allan Chiyembekeza could not hide his gratitude to the Japanese Government for the funds.

He said that it is was overdue that irrigation receive such kind of a boost to help the agriculture sector in Malawi.

According to Gif of the Givers, up to 100 farmers are expected with benefit in the said areas.

Recently, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) says the country will remain food insecure if Malawi government continues disregarding irrigation farming.

CISANET national coordinator, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, said this when commenting on the prolonged dry spell that has hit the country.

Nkhono-Mvula described the overdependence on rains as unfortunate and said Malawi has good soil and water sources which can be used for irrigation farming.

 

According to Nkhono-Mvula, farmers in the country should be encouraged to consider irrigation farming to avoid food shortage.

The CISANET national coordinator revealed that recently the ministry of agriculture was given K50 billon for the agriculture subsidy programme but 80 percent of the money was allocated to rain-fed agriculture while the remaining 20 percent was for irrigation farming.

Nkhono-Mvula argued that more resources should be allocated to irrigation farming.

 

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47 Comments

  1. Kukacha nkhani ndi yanjala,but ppl r stil on de facebook,munthu amene amva njala sangakhale pa fb azipanga chani,mmalo momaganiza kut chakudya achipeza bwanji.i can see ppl r doing morals but u wil never win dis batle.

  2. Kukacha nkhani ndi yanjala,but ppl r stil on de facebook,munthu amene amva njala sangakhale pa fb azipanga chani,mmalo momaganiza kut chakudya achipeza bwanji.i can see ppl r doing morals but u wil never win dis batle.

  3. This guy Allan Chiyembekeza is useless, what they know is to eat money they don’t think of Malawians. How much money do Malawi receive for fisp? Yet we still experience hunger. Believe me they are going to share this money amongst themselves

  4. where is the money go,,china ,ejiputo and now japan donated to malawi but i see nothing hapening,the malawi government saying they got enough maize to feed malawi,,,,,we should watch this money with 2 eyes #crook government!

  5. The minister rensponsible won’t be able to utilize the donated millions as he once said irrigation can not be done anymore! May i ask the Japanese govt to keep an eagle’s on the govt lest its pocketd as it’s these peoples’ habit of slealing financial donations!!!!

  6. Ops! My bad.almost openned my champaign to celebrate…. Thought u said japan shot malawi’s president.mxiem!!!! Until when will we live by donations. Donations that only benefit officials in high positions.