The Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe on Wednesday morning presided over the handover ceremony of 7 vehicles and 306 motor cycles donated by the United Nations Development Programme through Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Lowe who was accompanied by his deputy Agnes Mkusa Nkhoma as well as the Deputy Minister of Health Chrissy Kanyasho Kalamula received the donation where 28 motor cycles out of the 306 motor cycles has been given to the ministry of Health to complement the implementation of Afikepo and Kulima projects being undertaken in this health ministry.
Lowe also hinted that this will help in implementation of growth strategy and agriculture plan as well as helping in mobility of extension service providers who are facing more challenges when carrying out their duties.
He continued saying the received donation will go to department of land resource conservation, Shire Valley, Machinga, Phalombe, Mangochi and Balaka.
Lowe warned his Agriculture officials against the misuse of the the donation but to allocate the 7 vehicles and 306 motor cycles to targeted areas so that the objective of this donation can be achieved.
Chrissy Kalamula, Deputy health minister, commended FAO for the donation which she says will help in easing mobility for health workers who are implementing Afikepo and Kulima program.
Speaking at this function, UNDP County Rep. Marie Jose Torres said this donation will strengthen the partnership with the UNDP highlighting that Malawi nation can not develop with the hunger stricken families and she cited that the Motor Cycles and vehicles donated today will help In ending hunger by modernizing the way of engangement with extension worker, providing inputs to give to the farmers through different projects formed like afikepo and kulima.
Agriculture Ministry has had been sailing through different problems especially in transport for its workers especially those working in rural areas.