Ministry of Agriculture has admitted that the disjointed programming and lack of prioritisation of projects remain a stumbling block to the success of agricultural transformation.
The admission from the ministry was made on Wednesday during the semi-virtual fourth edition of Mwapata Institute’s Ndizotheka Eminent Speaker Series in Lilongwe under the theme Agricultural Transformation for Wealth Creation.
In a statement, Ministry of Agriculture Principal Secretary Erica Maganga called for targeted approach in the implementation of programmes and projects, leveraging on knowledge gained over the years.
She said: “There is need for cross-sectoral linkages in the way we design and implement our agricultural projects, programmes and account for them.
“It is, therefore, important that each and every stakeholder in the sector, feels duty-bound to subscribe to the inter-sectoral coordination platforms that are already in place.”
On his part, National Planning Commission director general Thomas Chataghalala Munthali said Malawi has better agricultural transformation policies whose implementation needs prioritisation.
“As we will be reprioritising through sector working and coordination groups, we need to begin to look at quick wins in meeting the new vision of inclusive wealth creation,” he said.
Speaking virtually from Ethiopia, eminent speaker Khalid Bomba, who is head of the Ethiopian Agriculture Transformation Authority, said his country achieved agriculture transformation through a study that recommended a complete overhaul of the sector.