Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale has encouraged newly recruited Farm Business Consultants from the Ministry to carry out their responsibilities in a professional manner, effectively contributing to the success of the Mega Farm initiative. Kawale expressed these sentiments on Monday while presiding over the official training of Farm Business Consultants at the Mega Farm Unit office in Kanengo, Lilongwe.
Kawale praised the Mega Farm Unit for organizing the training, emphasizing that it will enable numerous farms to secure funds from financial institutions through the initiative and efficiently manage their agribusiness operations. He called on the consultants, who are graduates from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), to align themselves with MW2063 in order to support the government’s efforts in realizing the Mega Farm implementation.
The Vice Chancellor of Luanar, Professor Emmanuel Kaunda, affirmed the university’s commitment to collaborating with the government to bring the Mega Farms initiative to fruition. He commended the Ministry of Agriculture for involving Luanar in the implementation of mega farms nationwide, noting that this collaboration will help address the productivity challenges faced by smallholder farmers in the country.
Dr. Alfred Mwenifumbo, the Controller of Agriculture Extension and Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, expressed gratitude to the United Nations Development Programme for their consistent support of the program. He highlighted that the training will empower farmers to secure funding from financial institutions, implement effective farm management systems, and develop business plans to enhance high crop productivity.