14 August 2016 Last updated at: 9:17 AM
Peacock Seeds equip Malawian farmers with starter packs
Peacock Seeds on Wednesday distributed Peacock MH30 drought tolerant hybrid maize seeds to over 500 farmers to enable them appreciate the seeds’ potency under irrigation and rain fed production.
The farmers who were delegates to the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) Annual Congress included commercial farmers, members of farmers’ cooperatives, small scale farmers and members of Farmers Union at district level.
Speaking in an interview, Peacock Seed Managing Director Felix Jumbe said as a farmer himself he knows how some local farmers hassle to get improved seed varieties especially those under the Peacock Seeds brand.
“Peacock Seeds desires to support farmers who work in cooperatives and are members of FUM and it is our deliberate program to encourage farmers by complimenting their efforts with seed of high quality,” he explained.
Jumbe said the company expect farmers to realize benefits of being in a group and belonging to FUM whilst encouraging adoption of new technologies for better lives saying they exist to create opportunities for wealth creation.
He added that Peacock Seeds are best known on the market for being drought tolerance, disease resistance, and high yielding whilst being adapted in local communities.
One of the beneficiaries, Kiliness Manyozo from Lobi EPA in Dedza District expressed gratitude to Peacock Seeds for the gesture saying it is an indication that the company puts the welfare of local farmers at heart.
Manyozo also quoted bible verse which says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
During the conference, Peacock Seeds also gave farmers discount vouchers which the growers will use to buy Peacock Seeds varieties of cereals and legumes at a discount of up to 10 percent.
Peacock Seeds is a Malawian owned enterprise which is involved in seed growing, processing, and distribution.