The Ministry of Industry and Trade has said it is championing promotion of rural industrialisation and creating job opportunities.
Principal Secretary in the ministry, Ken Ndala said this during a validation workshop on National Rural Industrialisation Strategy (NRIS, 2019-2024) in Salima.
“Models put in this draft strategy have taken on board issues of product quality compliance, packaging, pricing, and market research.
“Previous efforts on promotion of small scale processing have faced many challenges including unavailability of skilled personnel and inability to pay them,” Ndala said.
Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) Director of Business Environment and Policy Advocacy, Madalitso Kazembe said if appropriately implemented, the strategy would help toward growth of the industrial base.
The strategy aims at building capacity of cooperatives to enhance their contribution to rural industrialisation, thereby accelerating export growth and promoting inclusive economic growth.
It focuses on building processing and value-addition capabilities of cooperatives.