Expert upbeat about budget allocation to agriculture

An agriculture policy analyst is expecting that some critical issues such as the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report revelation that 2.6 million people will face hunger will come out clearly in the 2020/2021 national budget.

Speaking to YONECO FM online on the sidelines of the presentation of 2020/2021 budget statement, the analyst Tamani Nkhono Mvula cast doubt on the adequacy of the K10 billion which has been allocated to purchase maize.

Nkhono Mvula has however commended the K354.8 billion budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector and hopes that most challenges in the agriculture will be resolved.

“The expectation that I have is that the detailed budget is going to give us a clear break down of the allocation,” he said.

“There was an issue of extension workers, the frontline stuff who had been on strike for a long time but it was not tackled so hopefully this will be resolved.”

In the budget statement, minister of finance Felix Mlusu, has indicated that projects such as the Agriculture Commercialization, Agriculture Youth in Agribusiness and Shire Valley Transformation will continue to be implemented.

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