The Agriculture Minister Hon. Lobin Lowe, MP, graced the launching Africa Family Poverty Relief Foundation (AFPRP) at Kasiya, Traditional Authority Khongoni in the outskirts of Lilongwe where over 500 families are to receive pigs and goats from this foundation.
The foundation being supported by Chinese nationals living in Malawi will see many families being transformed economically as the pigs and goats distributed to them provide a business opportunity as the foundation is geared to even establish a factory that will provide a nearby market for these livestock.
The factory to be established under this foundation will spearhead the processing of meat and meat products which will be exported to European countries and China where these products have readily available markets.
Speaking at this function, Senior Chief Khongoni (T/A) commended the Chinese Community for this initiative that will see people in her area transform economically.
Member of Parliament for this area of Lilongwe North West Dr. Mphatso Boti has pledged to give cement and iron sheets to be used in construction of modern kraals (kholas) for these livestock.
Boti was quick to remind his electorates that even though the State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera comes from this area, it will take an individual effort to develop everyone’s home as the president can not give money to every household family for their development.
The Minister has however warned all families who have received these livestock to abide to the rules of the pass-on programme so that the programme can be scaled up to other areas to achieve the objectives of this foundation.
He again ordered his officers in Agriculture Ministry to make sure that good animal husbandly practices are followed by the farmers to avoid losing these livestock from different diseases like swine fever.
“This initiative will surely complement our efforts of diversification in line with the MW2063 Pillars of wealth creation and food security. This is why I am here to commend this foundation for this initiative that will even help us to learn from people from this area how pig production can be done properly and replicate the same in other districts across the country.” Lowe hinted.
The famers who have received a goat will be demanded to give back one goat while a famer who has been given a piglet will give back two piglets which will be passed-on to other famers.