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Ministry of Agriculture satisfied with reforms’ progress

Ministry of Agriculture says getting comprehensive updates from its parastatals is a key to successful reform of the ministry. The ministry engaged eight parastatals and agencies in Lilongwe this week namely Pesticides Control Board (PCB), Smallholder Farmer Fertilizer Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM), Auction Holdings Limited (AHL), National Food Reserve Agency (NRFA), Tobacco Commission (TC), Greenbelt Authority, National Cotton Council of Malawi and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc). According to Lowe, the meeting was aimed at getting an update from the bodies on the ongoing Civil Service reforms being championed by Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima. The minister felt satisfied with how these management teams are working saying he is very confident that through his ministry Malawi is going to change to better. “Getting these updates, I am very confident that Malawi is surely going to change to better as now my Ministry is getting comprehensive updates on almost everything these bodies are doing and we are also giving them proper directions in line with the recently launched Vision 2063,” said Lowe. Lowe said for many years, the country has been relying on Republic of South Africa to taste agricultural chemicals. But with the reforms, the Minister said Pesticides Control Board (PCB) will have functional laboratories by 2022. “I can report to you that under our reforms for PCB, we are targeting to have this modern fully fledged laboratory by end of 2022 and land has already been identified for that and even some preparations for this to start are at an advanced stage. This will help us to really control pesticides efficiently and also save money which we are spending doing these tests abroad. Surely we are to do this at all cost,” said Lowe. In his remarks, Admarc Chairperson Alexender Kusamba Dzonzi hailed the ministry for organizing such a wonderful meeting and make to them a promise for a better progress. “We are very thankful and feel honored that the Minister and his Vice have come to see by themselves the progress we are making in the ministry. This is going to help us work hard. We are also happy to hear that the ministry has set aside a plan to construct fully fledged laboratories which are going to bring change we have never had before,” said Dzonzi. Among others, SFFRFM said the country will have a fertilizer plant by the year 2023. Lowe also said the reforms will help to revamp cotton industry which has for many years been unprofitable to farmers. The ministry has meanwhile promised to keep on updating the citizenry on reform areas they are undertaking in the parastatals and agencies. Sharing is Caring!

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