Farmers in Neno have expressed satisfaction with the district’s first agriculture fair orgarnised to create a platform for smallholder farmers to access market connections.
The two-day event held at Neno Community Stadium last week, brought together different farmers, cooperatives, agribusiness companies and development partners to address key issues in farming entrepreneurship, including access to market and quality inputs.
In an interview, Neno district agriculture development officer Patrick Siyambiri described the fair as being in line with Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development policy to modernise agriculture and assist local farmers have market linkages.
“Apart from exhibiting their product, farmers had an opportunity to learn new techniques in irrigation, crop protection and livestock care,” he said.
Neno District Council chairperson Montfort Bwanali lauded the district’s agriculture extension coordinating committee and different partners for holding the fair.
He further urged farmers to produce quality products to attract customers.
Neno Women Forum director Lucy Howa said her association made a lot of sales during the fair.
However, she asked organisers to invite more agribusiness companies and partners during the next agriculture fair.
Apart from Neno Women Forum, Women Legal Resources Centre and World Vision Malawi also showcased their commodities.
The fair was held under the theme Agribusiness and Value Addition Key to Economic Transformation.