Chakwera underscores essence of agriculture in Lilongwe

President Lazarus Chakwera has challenged Southern Confederation of Agriculture Union members to improving farming through mechanisation increase agricultural productivity.

Chakwera was speaking this on Wednesday during annual general meeting of Southern Confederation of Agriculture Union- SACAU at Bingu International Conference Centre-BICC in Lilongwe.

He highlighted that, as an agro-based country, Malawi’s maize production is crucial in meeting the nation’s consumption needs.

Chakwera said time has come for Malawian farmers to adopt mechanisation farming for improved crop production.

“By using the rice planter, more hectares can be covered hence the need for our farmers to have access to the machines,” he said.

He said it is government’s wish to ensure that the country moves from traditional ways of farming and seriously invest in modern and mechanised farming.

“Government has invested a lot of money in mega farms for farmers to boost their productivity and prevent hunger. I am personally impressed with Mlowoka Irrigation Scheme and plans are underway to increase the hectarage for massive rice production,” he said.

He emphasized the importance of maize production for national consumption.

The conference has been organized to address the current Climate change issues as well as preparing farmers from disasters as and reducing the emission of green house gases into the atmosphere .

The theme of this year’s conference is “Putting Farmers at the Centre of Climate Resilience through Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation.”

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