The Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe, MP, has requested for concerted effort in research industry to help in coming up with programs and policies that can help Malawi achieve set objectives easily.
Lowe was speaking at the meeting he held at the Ministry’s conference room together with his Deputy Minister Hon. Agnes Nkusankhoma, MP, Ministry officials and a delegation from Policy Support for Agriculture Transformation Project (PolSAT) and MwAPATA to discuss a number of issues surrounding Commercialization, resilience, diversification, mechanisation, mega farms and other areas that need to be considered for Agriculture Transformation.
During the meeting, the delegation raised concerns on how the country may fail achieve the Vision 2063 citing deficiencies in strategies that can be guiding the nation in achieving what is laid down in the Vision 2063 blueprint.
The Minister has however challenged PolSAT and MwAPATA to undertake unbiased research in different agricultural areas where the nation isn’t doing fine so that Agriculture Ministry can also depend on their research findings in developing strategies and policies that can help Malawi achieve objectives in the Vision 2063.
The Minister cited one area of youth participation in agriculture as a very important area that needs to be researched to find out why most youths don’t venture into agriculture considering that agriculture transformation agenda cannot be achieved if the current status of youths shunning agriculture continues.
MwAPATA board Chairperson Professor Richard Mkandawire has commended the Ministry especially for considering research papers their institution does as very important in planning for agriculture transformation and as the Ministry is geared to redo our National Agriculture Policy, it will need research based propositions that will help the Ministry in aligning itself to the Vision 2063.
The Agriculture Minister has however assured MwAPATA and PolSAT that the Ministry will continue engaging them where necessary as the home research institution to provide technical support based on facts drawn from research.