Over 100 000 smallholder farmers are to benefit from a free fertilizer and maize seed distribution program for this year’s farming season courtesy of YARA and Bayer Hybrid Maize Seed.
Launching the program at Smallholder Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM) in Kanengo, Lilongwe on Monday, Malawi’s Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima who priseded over the function thanked YARA and Bayer Hybrid Maize Seed Companies for the initiative that will see over 100 000 vulnerable families finding a solace in this COVID-19 pandemic period.
“I am very thankful for this program that will help in enhancing food security that will in turn help Malawi citizens enjoy what we promised in our tonse manifesto that people should be eating thrice a day and this is one way of realizing that promise.” Chilima highlighted.
In his speech on this program launched under the theme of “Action Africa, Thriving Farms and Thriving Future,” Minister of Agriculture Honorable Lobin Lowe, MP, narrated that this program will complement the newly introduced Affordable Input Program (AIP) that will surely yield desired results.
Lowe, who was accompanied by his deputy minister Hon. Agnes Mkusa Nkhoma, added that the ministry welcomes this initiative which he believes that with concerted efforts by all stakeholders prying their trade in Agriculture sector using Action Africa as a platform, together Malawians can build resilience and productivity as well as income amongst all farmers.
Some of high profile officials who attended the function include the representative of Norwegian Ambassador Augustine Chikuni, YARA international representative Ian Lockington, Sheila Keino of afap and CEO for SFFRFM Dr Andy Kalinde.
The program of distributing these farm inputs to less privileged has been launched under the theme of “Action Africa, Thriving Farms and Thriving Future” and tends to benefit over 100 000 smallholder farmers across the country in this Agricultural farming season.