By Chifundo Nedi
MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-The Ministry of Agriculture through Agricultural Commercialization (AGCOM) Project has dispensed matching grant cheque amounting to MK1.8 billion to eight Productive Organizations (groups) across the country in order to improve their livelihoods.
The hand-over ceremony that included giving out cows to Mchinji Dairy Cooperative was held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Mchinji District.
Speaking with Maravi Post, Principal Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Erica Maganga said that the project targets to reach 300 groups and benefit at least 100 farming households across the country.
She further emphasized that the grants are only given to approve sub-grantees who meet their requirements for one to qualify.
“As government, we are happy that successful groups have received these cheques today and we are hoping that these farmers will utilize the money for the intended use in order to achieve their goals. We are also happy that this program is benefiting young women too as we have seen that other beneficiaries are young women”. She said.
Maganga further urged small holder farmers to continue engaging themselves in groups in order to increase productivity of the project.
One of the beneficiaries from Mchinji Dairy Corporative Turana John Fulumenga who received a cow for dairy farming expressed gratitude saying that the donation will help her economically as the money from daily farming will boost her other businesses and sustain in her daily life undertakings.
The Malawi government with an aid of US$95 million loan from World Bank is implementing AGCOM project since July 2018 with aim of transform smallholder agriculture from subsistence to commercial farming.
The project targets all competitive agriculture chains covering crops, horticulture, livestock and aquaculture. The project is expected to end in 2023.