Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) has engaged the district agriculture stakeholder panel from Mzimba North on how to enforce this year’s farm gate prices.
Speaking on Monday, Cepa programme officer Alfred Kambwiri said they focused on local interventions that can be applied during the 2021 produce marketing season to enable farmers benefit from their produce.
He said the meeting also included presentations from Malawi Bureau of Standards to create awareness on fair trading practices and how violations can be reported.
“We want the agriculture stakeholders panel to sensitise the farmers on what they should do to make profits from the sales of their produce,” said Kambwiri.
M’Mbelwa District Council director of agriculture, environment and natural resources Ezra Mbendera said the training created awareness among its participants on fair trading practices which will help farmers to identify and report unfair trading practices.
“With a vibrant grievance redress mechanism on fair trading, farmers from Mzimba North will be able to earn more from their farm produce,” he said.
Mbendera said farmers from Mzimba North are affected by unfair trading practices and unreliable markets.
The organisation is implementing a Sustainable Food Systems for Rural Resilience and Transformation Project that seeks to improve local food systems.