Chakwera launches  Agricultural Mechanisation Initiative

By Chisomo Phiri

In a significant boost to Malawi’s agricultural sector, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has today launched the Malawi Agriculture Mechanisation Initiative in Lilongwe.

The innovative program, funded by Philip Morris International (PMI) and implemented by Pyxus, aims to revolutionize the country’s agricultural landscape.

The initiative is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s agricultural productivity, with beneficiaries able to access tractors and other equipment to improve their yields.


In his speech, President Chakwera praised PMI and Pyxus Malawi for their commitment to making Malawi self-sufficient in achieving food security.

He emphasized the importance of investing in agricultural mechanization to enhance crop yield, soil fertility, and the overall livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

The Malawi leader encouraged responsible loan repayment to ensure the project’s sustainability.

On his part, Minister of Agriculture, Sam Kawale, reiterated the ministry’s dedication to making Malawi an agricultural-driven nation.

He commended President Chakwera for fostering trust among development partners and donors, leading to increased funding and donations to Malawi.

Dr. Alfred Mwenifumbo, Controller of Agriculture Extension and Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, assured the President of the ministry’s commitment to intensifying efforts to implement the program.

He highlighted plans to collaborate with TEVETA to train tractor operators and AGRA’s commitment to train 200 more.

Ronald Ngwira, Managing Director for Pyxus Agriculture, emphasized the importance of improving agricultural sustainability.

Pedro Braga, Vice President of Global Technical Operations for PMI, pledged continued support for modern agricultural mechanization, school feeding programs, and other initiatives in the country.

Dr. Grant Roberts, Director for Global Technical Services at PMI, stressed the organization’s commitment to mechanizing Malawi’s agriculture sector through equipment provision.

Temwanani Phiri, a beneficiary of the initiative, expressed gratitude to PMI and Pyxus for their support, which will benefit farmers and double agriculture productivity in the country.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in Malawi’s agricultural development, and all stakeholders are optimistic about its potential to transform the sector and improve the lives of smallholder farmers.