The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has gotten the largest share of the 2016/17 proposed budget, Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe has confirmed.
Gondwe who is now presenting the budget disclosed that The Ministry gets MK198.5 billion kwacha.
This is largely due to the hunger situation in the country.
According to Gondwe, this is also towards the intentions by the government to up standards in Irrigation agriculture in the country.
Gondwe says that this year, Maize production declined by 12.4% this year something which might have led to the food insecurity concerns in Malawi.
He said: ‘’ 197,000 mt tonnes of maize for 8.4 million people is needed. K35.5billion for food purchase.
The budget has been tailored around bailing Malawians out of hunger’’
The Minister also says that the economy is expected to grow from 3.1% to 5.1%.
The Ministry of Education comes second and will get MK147.6 billion and the Ministry of Health is third and has been allocated MK95.8 billion kwacha out of the total the total MK1.2 Trillion 2016/17 national budget.
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Agriculture Ministry gets lions share from the 2016/2017 national budget; allocated MK198.5 billion kwacha #MalawiBudget Summary
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