The effects of COVID-19 have left footprints of poverty to many less privileged people and it is against this background that JF Investment through African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (afap) donated 100 bags of fertilizer from YALA worth over MWK2 million to elderly, disabled and very poor household farmers in Jean Sendeza’s constituency in Lilongwe.
Handing over the donation to the beneficiaries, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Hon Agnes Nkusankhoma who presided over the function on Thursday afternoon commended the kind gesture being spearheaded by afap citing that this will in turn help to improve food security in the country.
She added that government alone can not reach out to everyone needy farmer in its provisions of affordable inputs which can enhance economic independence of needy Malawians and where good Samaritans come in to assist these less privileged with start packs, government will always appreciate that as once Malawi is food secure, people will be able to live on promises of Chakwera government of three meals a day.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for afap Limbani Kakowa narrated that upon seeing the impact that the COVID-19 has brought on smallholder farmers his company through African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership wrote a proposal to YALA which provide them with 100 000 bags of Fertilizer which they intend to donate to 100 000 less privileged farmers across the country.
He said that afap decided to donate 100 (50KGs) fertilizer bags of this consignment to 100 smallholder farmers who are less previlladged , disabled,and elderly in Lilongwe South WEST constituency of Hon Jean Muonaowauza Sendeza MP who is also deputy minister of defence in Chakwera’s cabinet after realizing that in semi urban areas, there are also some vulnerable people facing different challenges but are left unattended due to some misconceptions.
Speaking to Afriem, Sendeza thanked afap for the donation and urged them to do likewise in other constituencies as promised by the afap monitoring and evaluation officer Limbani kakowa.
She further pleaded with other stakeholders to emulate what afap has done and reach out to many vulnerables who are failing to do proper farming due to poverty as they can not buy farm inputs.
African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (Afap) works with the public and private sectors to catalyse increased private sector investment along the Fertilizer and Agribusiness value chains to benefit smallholder farmers improve their crop productivity and household income.