The Ministry of Agriculture has appealed for more technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in commercialising the agriculture sector focusing on animal production, field crops and horticulture.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima made the appeal during the Ministerial Level Session of the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Africa at Malabo in Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.
In her speech made available to The Nation the deputy minister said commercialising the agriculture sector will lead to wealth creation, employment for the youth and women and agro-processing.
She said: “We further seek more technical assistance from FAO on generating, managing and disseminating weather and meteorological services in particular for better decision-making in the face of climate change.”
Kambauwa Wirima said while Malawi continues to support FAO’s 2022/23 Strategic Framework, they expect the United Nation’s food agency to provide clearer technical direction for better food production systems, nutrition and better life for Malawians in general.
But the deputy minister acknowledged the technical support that FAO has so far been rendering to the Malawi Government of policy development, research on fall armyworms, extension and advisory services, nutrition interventions and climate change mitigation.
Information published on FAO’s website shows that the regional conference, held from April 11 to 14 2022, aimed at holding consultations at a high level to highlight the regional special problems and priority areas which should be taken into account in preparing the programme of work and budget for the next biennium.