The Chinese Government has invested $3 million into Malawi’s agriculture sector for training farmers on modern farming methods in Salima District.
In an interview with YFM Online upon exchanging letters for third phase of the China Aid Agriculture Technical Cooperation between the Chinese and Malawian Governments in Lilongwe, Chinese Ambassador Liu Hong Yang said the 3 year project will focus on training farmers on modern technology.
“The focus would be technology transfer to the farmers in rural areas especially as a means of boosting production,” Yang said.
Yang added that his government aims at transforming the country’s agriculture sector by transferring technology to the farmers.
“We wanna see the Malawian farmers equipped with the right knowledge and tools to grow vegetables, maize and use machineries for the benefit of themselves,” he said.
The donation is a continuation of an Agriculture Initiative Project which the Chinese Government started in 2012 and targets farmers in the villages.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha expressed delight over the donation outlining that it has been directed to a priority area as agriculture plays a major part for the country’s economic outlook.
“Agriculture is very key in Malawi and we depend on agriculture as it employs over 80% of our people and also we depend on agriculture for our export earnings.
“So we are quite excited that this support we have received from the Chinese Government will help to improve productivity by our farmers and help our farmers to train good practices in agriculture,” said Mwanamvekha.