‘Agroforestry requires massive investment’


By Imam Wali:

The Ministry of Agriculture has said investing in agroforestry could have a multiplier effect on other components, including food security.

Principal Secretary Dixie Kampani said this on Wednesday at Hinda Model Village in Dedza during a tree-planting exercise.


“We need good soil fertility but the problem with our soil is degradation and this is because of excessive use. Planting more trees could, therefore, help address the problem,” Kampani said.

He said it was unfortunate that agricultural output continued to be affected by climate change, a problem which could be mitigated if the country commits enough resources towards agroforestry.

He said elevated cost of fertiliser would also affect output, hence the need to intensify use of organic manure.


“This includes the need for locally adaptable alternative methods for soil fertility improvement. Agroforestry is one such practice and can help farmers increase production in the face of such challenges,” Kampani said.

Through a $68.9 million ASWAp II project, the government is working towards improving livelihoods in at least 12 districts.

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