Malawi President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has assured the nation that no one will die of hunger despite the unfriendly weather that the country experienced this growing season.
The President was in Ntcheu district on Monday where he continued with the crop inspection program which he embarked on a few weeks ago in the Southern Region.
The President visited fields in Kam’bebe, and Baleni Villages in the area of Traditional Authority Njolomole, as well as Bula Village in the area of TA Kwataine.
The President wrapped up the inspection with a development rally at Kuyenda Primary Ground in the same district.
Speaking soon after conducting crop inspection at Bawi Ground Chakwera said those people responsible should correct data on the requirements so that Government can take care of the affected families.
“I pledge that your government will offer necessary support to all those that have not benefited as expected from this year’s AIP initiative.”
The President commended the coordination which exists between the farmers in the sharing of information.
“I am encouraged to note that there is a lot of coordination among farming households in sharing of information on how they can improve production through modern techniques.” He said.
Chakwera said based on the other districts visited, Ntcheu is no exception on how crops have fared in the fields.
He said; “The national aggregate of this year’s harvest may be lower than that of the previous season. However, let me assure Malawians that we have adequate food to cater for our nutritional needs all the way to the next harvest. While we grapple with effects of climate change, our farmers must fast adopt climate smart methods and technologies in order to maintain and increase their food production. Ntcheu is one district with huge irrigation potential that will soon have a bearing on the national agricultural landscape. Besides the irrigation interventions, your government remains steadfast to ensure that we support household farming activities through Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) and technical expertise.” He said.
In his speech, Minister of agriculture Hon Robin Lowe started by giving out figures of beneficiaries of the AIP which is pegged at an average 90% which is higher compared to some districts
The minister applauded efforts in crop diversifying in ntcheu which is also key in ensuring food security. He said he was happy to see Crops such as nandolo, soya beans, beans and others apart from maize.
Responding to the plea by paramount Gomani on the variety of livestock which is in the district the minister acknowledged that and asked ministry officials to follow up and come up with the solutions to this
Finally he has asked journalists to report facts on the ground and stop propaganda which is aimed at tarnishing the government.
In his welcoming remarks, member of Parliament for Ntcheu Central who is also Minister of Mining and Treasurer General for the Malawi Congress Party Hon Albert Mbawala commended the president for raising the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) money from 40 to 100 Million saying this will facilitate implementation of key projects in the country.
Mbawala said apart from using the money for construction of development projects like bridges, roads, school blocks, the money will be used to pay for school fees for needy students in the Constituency.
Malawi this year received its rains late making farmers plant their crops late hence affecting yields. Soon after that the country received two natural calamities and these were Cyclone Ana and Gombe.