As Malawi strives to mend up for the economic sufferings the country has being going through, Vice President, Khumbo Hastings Kachale has reasoned with fellow countrymen to take the “Buy Malawi Campaign”
seriously. Speaking at this year’s National Agricultural Fair in Blantyre, Malawi, the Vice President argued that an appetite for imported goods at the expense of local products retards business in the country.
“The tendency of some buyers to shun smallholder farmers, who are producing high quality produce is is not fair as it retards business of our business-oriented farmers,” articulated the Vice President, Thursday August 29 at the Chichiri Trade Fair grounds in Blantyre.
Kachale, who observed that there is need for concerted efforts in ensuring that the country has food all year round, also called upon business partners to engage in fair business practices so that both producers and buyers benefit in a win-win situation, pointing out that unfair trade practices affect the economy in the country.
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, and the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Proto Feeds which is the brand name for Alpha Milling was revealed as the best in the Agriculture Input Supplier category.
Presenting a Trophy to the company, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Dr. James Munthali urged the company to keep on doing a good job, further calling other companies to emulate. Last year it was Agricultural Trading Company which came best in this category.
Talking of Proto feeds, an official at the company pavilion disclosed that under Proto Feeds, Alpha Milling has also undertaken to improve the basic skills and knowledge of small scale poultry farmers, in addition to producing and selling animal feeds and equipment.
“Alpha Milling is a well-known established Malawi company that produces and sells quality animal feeds under the brand-name Protofeeds, and we are not surprised that we have been recognised as such.
“We assure our customers and the nation at large that we shall continue providing them quality services which we are synonymous of,”
Newstime Africa understands that in addition to animal feeds, the Company markets and distributes other livestock related products such as day-old chicks, vaccines, veterinary drugs and poultry equipment.
As if to show its commitment, the government Department of Crop Development has out classed others in the Service Providers’ category, which last year was scoped by Bunda College of Agriculture, another government owned entity.
Universal Farming and Milling came up top as the best Agro Processing Organization, won by National smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi last year, while the best in the Farmers Organisation category is Zuwe Corporative which Nkhulambe Rice Producers emerged top last year.
This year’s Fair is running under the theme “Agricultural
Productivity: The foundation of Industrialization”, which has seen the number of exhibitors rising to 94. Last year there were 91.
President of the Malawi Confederation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Matthews Chikankheni, applauded all exhibitors revealing that when the National Agriculture Fair was unveiled a decade ago, to promote the exchange and sharing of goods and information among the stakeholders in the agricultural sector, it only had 23 pavilions. The upsurge, he said, is an indication that most companies and organizations are interested in improving the agricultural sector.
Last month, the government of Malawi publicized the reintroduced of District Agriculture Fairs, to act as a spring boat for farmers at the district level, with the first of such a fair held in Rumphi, under the theme ‘Linking stakeholders in promoting sustainable climate resilient agriculture production, value addition and marketing through transparent contract farming’.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security observed that district fairs would help improve farming activities at the grass root level and enable the farmers get connected to markets and organizations that would help in adding value addition to their products.
The National Agriculture Fair is an annual public event providing players with a forum to showcase equipment, animals, crops and recreation associated with agriculture.
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