By Durell Namasani
As President Chakwera opened the private sector mega farms programme , there has been a rallying call for the Malawians living in the diaspora to seriously consider making investments in mega farms. The call has been made by leader of Malawi Congress Party Diaspora Network Chalo Mvula , who claims national food security can be another great contribution by the diaspora.
Speaking to 247Malawi News , Chalo Mvula commended the Chakwera administration for prioritising the establishment of mega farms . “ We have to thank President Chakwera and his government , true to what was promised in the manifesto , the government is working hard to get these mega farms up and running something that is so crucial to revamping the country’s agricultural sector” said Mvula.
Mvula , who is based in the United Kingdom however encouraged his fellow diasporas to get on board and make investments in the agriculture sector , especially on the mega farms. He said diaspora investment in sustainable agricultural projects has real potential to impact the lives of poor rural people and stimulating agricultural production thereby reducing import dependency to enhance food security.
The Government of Malawi has committed to transform agricultural production through large-scale farming in the form of “mega-farms” that will be centers of large-scale production and serve as an anchor for other farmers in surrounding communities by attracting private markets for inputs and outputs. Mvula echoed President Chakwera remarks that the induction of the private sector mega farms programme will significantly contribute to the country’s economic growth in line with the Malawi vison 2063
The Malawi 2063 (MW2063) Agenda aspires to develop mega-farms to increase agricultural production, productivity, and commercialization, and to contribute to urbanization and industrialization.