Malawi debates support for fruit production
Fruit production is being proposed as a priority area in Malawi to reduce imports and improve farmers’ incomes and livelihoods.
An article in the Malawi Voice reports on a motion put before the National Assembly calling for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development to prioritize fruit production and processing.
“Our forex is being wasted through importation of apples, peaches, oranges, and several other fruits our farmers can produce if enough support is provided,” said Lobin Lowe in putting forward the motion. He hopes that support for this motion will reduce the importation of fruit and recognize the importance of fruits to household income, food security and nutrition.
Lowe called for assistance to farmers to help them purchase fruit seedlings and to provide them with the skills and knowledge required to manage orchards.
He suggested leveraging existing projects in the country, such as work by the World Agroforestry Centre in assisting with nursery inspection and certification.
“There are a lot of food security oriented NGO’s which distributes fruit trees at small scale. All these are opportunities indicating that there is good foundation already laid.”
Read the full story: Malawi Parliament Adopts Motion To Fund Scale Up Fruit Production
Find out about the World Agroforestry Centre’s Agroforestry Food Security Programme in Malawi