By Patricia Kapulu
The country’s Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, has emphasised the need for the agriculture sector to recommend and incorporate initiatives under the Malawi Vision 2063 as the country looks on ways to boost yields across the sector. Chilima made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday when he opened the 2021 Malawi Annual Agricultural Policy Conference.
Pillar number two of the Malawi Vision 2063 talks about agricultural commercialisation and productivity.“We need to make sure that our investments are giving us much better returns than we have seen in the past, and that is the message that we are sending across to all of us,” he said. The two-day conference is being held under the theme ‘Supporting Agriculture Transformation in Malawi: Beyond Research to Implementation.’
Chilima said the theme resonates well with the Malawi Vision 2063 and the current administration’s commitment to agricultural development.Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma, said agriculture operates in challenges as it lacks technical innovation, hence the need to find ways that would increase yields across the agricultural sector.Chairperson for Mwapata Institute Board of Directors and Advisory Board,
, said Malawi needs to build and strengthen research institutes in policy and interventions. He said there is agent need in addressing the agricultural transformation agenda and as such, there is need to pay attention to evidence-based research with regards to policies.
The conference has been organised by Mwapata Institute in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture, CISANET, Agriculture Transformation Initiative, National Planning Commission, CARD and Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI)