CISANET, FANRPAN, NASFAM HOLD CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE POLICY DIALOGUE MEETING

Delegates to CSA meetingCISANET in collaboration with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and NASFAM recently held a one day policy dialogue meeting on climate smart agriculture.

The participants to the meeting discussed a case study report for the climate smart agriculture in Malawi done by FANRAPN in collaboration with the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture. 

ADMARC SHOULD BUY MAIZE DIRECTLY FROM FARMERS AND NOT PRIVATE TRADERS

Tamani Nkhono-Mvula CISANET National DirectorPRESS STATEMENT

Lilongwe, 7th April, 2016: CISANET has noted with gratitude the pro-activeness that ADMARC has undertaken by budgeting funds for the procurement of 150,000 metric tonnes of the 2015/2016 season for human consumption while maize is available on the market.

It is also worth mentioning that sourcing the maize locally will save the country of the much needed foreign exchange as huge volumes of the same were exported to neighbouring countries as ADMARC tried to fill in the gap of the maize shortage of the 2014/2015 season.

MOTHS DESTROYING TOMATO CROPS IN MZIMBA, DRIVING UP PRICES

A tomato farmer explains to journalists on the leaf miner mothThere are some disturbing developments for tomato producing farmers in Jenda area in Mzimba as their popular crop of choice, grown as a cash crop, is under siege from pests. The fruit becomes inedible.

Agriculturalists and scientists have identified the pests as leaf miners. The leaf miners, which literally mine through tomato fruits and leaves, have sent farmers into a panic mode because they have to dig deeper to get pesticides for spray.

DECLARATION OF A STATE OF NATIONAL DISASTER

wilting maize

President Professor Peter Mutharika on Tuesday, 12th April declared a State of National Disaster in Malawi.The President attributed it to the prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 farming season.

Here is the full statement the President made
As you are aware, the 2015/2016 season has been greatly affected by strong El Nino conditions, resulting in erratic rains across most parts of the country.