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AICC to host national meet

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African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC) says all is set for the 2019 legume stakeholders meeting to be held Thursday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

The meeting is expected to provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss and find solutions to challenges affecting legumes production in the country.

In a concept note released ahead of the meeting, AICC says uncoordinated information systems for farmers, weak credit and input markets for farmers, poor infrastructure systems and limited participation of women and the youth in legume production, are some of the key issues for discussion.

Addressing journalists on Monday, AICC Programmes Manager Sangwani Makoko said legume production is crucial in national economic development.

In the National Export Strategy and National Agriculture Investment Plan, legume production is outlined among potential export crops.

“We, therefore, urge all stakeholders to participate at this important meeting so that we discuss and resolve any challenge impeding the growth of the industry,” Makoko said.

An official from Legumes Development Trust, Vincent Mpaluku, said the stakeholders are also expected to identify and share roles of state and non-state actors in the development of the sector.

“We will develop a position paper outlining a roadmap towards re-renergising legume marketing, processing and value addition and the role of women and the youth,” Mpaluku explained.

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