The International Organisation for Migrants (IOM) has injected $25,000 (about K20 million) in the rehabilitation of Ngolowindo Irrigation Scheme in Salima to help Malawians returning from South Africa to start a better life back home.
Among other things, IOM has rehabilitated the warehousing facility, cold room and installed solar powered electricity at the scheme to help boost irrigation and storage of perishable products.
IOM Regional Director Charles Allan Kwenin said his organisation is committed to working with the Malawi Government in ensuring that returning migrants are reintegrated into their communities.
Kwenin said the funds for rehabilitating the facility were provided by the people of United Kingdom through the UK Aid through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
“We believe that the returning migrants will use this facility to engage in serious commercial farming which will boost their livelihoods,” Kwenin said.
Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe hailed IOM for rehabilitating the facility which, he said, would help improve the lives of returning migrants.
According to Lowe, Ngolowindo used to be the hub of tomato production in the past and he expressed hope that the rehabilitation of the scheme would help bring back that lost glory.
“I am very thankful to IOM for the rehabilitated facility. This will go a long way in providing a safe landing for our youths coming back from South Africa.
“We as a government, are committed to making agriculture attractive to the youth so that they don’t go to other countries seeking greener pastures. Among others, we want to revamp Admarc so that it buys crops from farmers at better prices to avoid cases of farmers being ripped off by unscrupulous traders,” Lowe said.