Farmers in Lilongwe have asked organisations and government to help them secure markets for their produce.
The farmers made the call on Friday during the fourth Lilongwe Agriculture Development Division (ADD) Fair at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Bunda Campus.
Speaking during the fair’s official opening, Lilongwe District Council chairperson Luciano Botomani asked farmers to use the event to learn new innovations to improve their yields.
“This is an opportunity for farmers to see how others are succeeding in agriculture.
“But if farmers do not have readily available markets, they end up selling their produce to vendors at low prices,” he said.
Lilongwe District Agriculture Extension Coordination Committee chairperson Spriano Ndevuzamwayi said converging at Bunda enabled the farmers to learn from the research the college has been undertaking.
“This is an opportunity for farmers to learn from experts to increase productivity and food security,” he said.
The fair was organised under the theme Quality Agricultural Produce and Organised Marketing Key to Sustainable Food, Income and Nutrition Security.