Malawi Hunger: New policy will promote irrigation farming – Chaponda

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The Malawi Government says it is making strides to promote irrigation farming as it has adopted a new National Irrigation Policy which will remove taxes on irrigation equipment.

According to Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda, the newly launched National Irrigation Policy which was introduced together with a new National Agriculture Policy will also attract investors.

Chaponda (L) can smile together with Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.

Chaponda (L) can smile together with Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe (R).

“The new irrigation policy as well as the new agriculture policy will attract more investors to come in the country and invest in various sectors including agriculture,” said Chaponda.

He added that government will make sure that irrigation agriculture is enhanced in order to ensure that the country is food secure.

In the 2015/2016 growing season Malawi did not produce enough maize due to effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon and this led to many families facing hunger.

The hunger situation has since led to calls for government to encourage Malawians to use irrigation farming so that they should be able to grow crops throughout the year.

President Peter Mutharika also acknowledged the need for farmers to embrace irrigation farming when he launched the irrigation and agriculture policies last week.

Mutharika said Malawi can irrigate up to about 408,000 hectares but has only managed to develop 108,000 hectares for irrigation.

 

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  1. The idea is welcomed but the problem with the malawi gvt. It solves a problem by creating the other…..in a sense that it will try to pin down some means of earning money…for the poor it is targeting not to afford even the so called subsidised farm inputs..only bussiness men from neighbouring countries will 100% enjoy the subsidy than a poor malawian…..looking on a large scale the gvt will boost saying it has done its part….please close the borders and keep them tight for katundu not kulowa mmalawi ngati chimanga cha antcheya kudzasiliza nkusiya anthu ali ndi njala akudya ali ku tanzania ndi zambia. Akakhuta adzikumenyani kk…

  2. How many policies are malawians going to witness before real action is taken.l have of late wondered with the behaviour of one US ambassodor to malawi Viginia Palmer who seems to justify the hiked price of maize at the expense of poor malawians.She is poorly advising the government.

  3. Timanena kuti boma ndi mabunwe athandize mwachangu ngati mithilirai koma zimafunikira pano zitayamba kale mu mwezi wa septemer, komabe ndfundo yabwino.

  4. Ndimadabwa why boma lima panga ndiku vomereza zinthu mochedwa? This is athird step action, koma njira yoyamba ngatidi ndinu atsogoleri okonda mtundu wa amalawi chonde thandi zani athu anu polamulira chimanga ku admac kutsitsa mtengo kufika pa k150 pa kilo. Yachiwili pitilizani kupatsa mpata mabungwe ndi anthu amene alinako kuthekera kotha ndiza pavuto lanjalali mwachangu zinthu zisanafike poipa. Iyindi yomaliza yakupereka mwayi kwa anthu omwe alindi mwayi wamadzi mmadera awo,komatu okondedwa anduna njilayi ingo utha ndiza anthu awiri pa athu 10 anjala alionse koma ndalazo muta patsa a-admarc mutandiza ntundu onse wa amalawi. Irigation from december up to march /apriel havest.timanena

  5. Bt it surprise me a lot when u talk about irrigation where districts which hv a more water are nt considered district along lake shore nkhotakota Salima mangochi khatabay u just deal with areas like Lilongwe kasungu why