FOOD SHORTAGES DOMINATE PAC INCLUSIVE CONFERENCE

The current maize situation in the country was one the major critical issues that dominated deliberations during the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) conference that ended Thursday in Blantyre.

Most delegates questioned government’s persistent claims that maize is available in the country’s Admarc markets, reports The Daily Times.

US$500 MILLION INVESTED IN MALAWI AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN 2015/16 FY

DCAFS chairperson The Malawi agriculture sector is enjoying a massive investment of about $500 million in the 2015/16 financial year, running from July to June, but the question is whether the sector will get the maximum return from the investment.

The donor contribution to the sector is estimated at $265 million, while the government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have injected $170 million and $46 million, respectively.

‘IMPROVING RICE VALUE CHAIN WILL BENEFIT SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’

Rice is considered as one of the key strategic crops to be promoted in Malawi not only because it has the potential to be promoted primarily as an import substitute, but also secondarily as an export crop.

As an export crop, rice has the potential to generate the much needed revenue in the country, explained Professor David Kamchacha,

STATUS OF THE CURRENT GROWING SEASON

FLOODSMalawi has from late December 2014 to the second week of January 2015, experienced heavy rainstorms and floods hitting 15 out of the 28 districts in Malawi (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Rumphi, Karonga, Thyolo, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Balaka, Salima and Blantyre).