President Peter Mutharika says there is need for Malawians to move away from casual agricultural practices and adopt more formal agricultural practices.
Mutharika was speaking in Lusaka, Zambia after touring exhibitions at an Agriculture and Commercial Show that was conducted at Lusaka’s Show Grounds.
The President said exhibitors in Zambia had shown that they had moved away from the hoe type of agriculture and adopted mechanised farming, an area Malawi has a long way to go.
Mutharika said he was impressed with what Zambian farmers had to offer and commended some companies for expressing their interest to invest in Malawi.
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that Zambia has made significant strides in its agriculture sector and Malawi is planning to boost the sector.
“As you can see, Zambia has this well-established structure which is used to showcase agriculture innovations whilst back home we normally use Comesa Hall, which is not an ideal place,” said Dr Chiyembekeza.
He said government has currently identified a place at Bwemba Farm in Lilongwe where plans were being put in place to construct a permanent structure where agriculture innovations can be displayed and passed on to the people. n