Government challenged to end farming woes

Government has been asked to intervene in the challenges farmers are facing in the country.

The call was made in Lilongwe during the official opening of the 13th Farmers Union Annual Congress and Policy Conference.

The conference has brought together farmers from all regions of Malawi.

President of the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM), Alfred Kapichira Banda, said issues of pricing have been affecting farmers and the sector for quite a long time.

“Farmers grow crops such as maize, beans and groundnuts but when it comes to setting up prices of produce government does not involve farmers,” Kapichira said.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanavekha said it is high time the sector transforms by encouraging the use of modern farming methods.

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