Chakwera touts Mega farms as catalyst for economic growth

By Linda Kwanjana

Malawi Leader President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has delivered the much awaited State of the national address (Sona) at the Parliament chambers in the capital city Lilongwe.

In his almost two hour address , Chakwera highlighted how the Mega Farms are contributing positively on the Malawi economic growth.

“Everyone now knows that the Mega Farms initiative is a cornerstone of our commitment to enhancing agricultural production and commercialization, and I am happy to report that it has seen significant strides in the past year as
we implemented our plans to establish large-scale production units for priority crops, ” he said.

President Chakwera

Chakwera saidĀ  in collaboration with the Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Prisons, Government coordinated the production of 373 Metric Tonnes of maize for restocking of the strategic grain reserves.

He said similarly, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) cultivated 103 hectares of maize on Illovo, while Dwangwa Farm produced 700 Metric Tonnes of maize.

“Additionally, my Administration
successfully launched two cooperative-based mega-farms at
Linga in Nkhata Bay, with 450 hectares dedicated to rice. We also established a full-time Mega Farm Support Unit at Kanengo in Lilongwe, which has mobilized 560 farmers managing a combined total of 18,000 hectares for the cultivation of crops like groundnuts and soybeans, under the off-taker agreements with reputable companies such as Pyxus Malawi Ltd and Paramount Group that have links to international markets” he said.