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Malawi Fertiliser Company commits to support farmers

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SWANEPORL—The government must be an enabler

Local fertiliser blender, the Malawi Fertiliser Company (MFC), has said addressing bottlenecks facing the country’s agriculture sector would require concerted effort from players in the entire production chain.

MFC General Manager Brahms Swaneporl said this on Saturday when the company engaged community members and leaders from within the catchment area of its Liwonde blending facility in Machinga District.

Speaking in an interview on the side-lines, Swaneporl said addressing some of the challenges facing the country’s agriculture would require input other stakeholders apart from the government.

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“It is unfortunate that we look too much to the government. The government must be an enabler and the rest of the other players should take responsibility.

“The whole world is in turmoil. Malawians, specifically have a challenge because we largely produce on subsistence basis. The scaring this is how are we going to grow food for ourselves at the end of the day. But Malawians are resilient people when faced with adversity. When we come together, we will be able to solve these issues” he said.

Swaneporl said the company is doing everything possible within its capacity to have sufficient supply of fertilizer on the market this season amid challenges facing the economy.

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He then called on companies to come together in funding programmes in bringing solutions to the sector.

The company has, among other things, been supporting about 325 farmers from the surrounding areas of its Liwonde plant by providing them with two bags of fertilizer each in an arrangement where the farmers would in return provide to the company two bags of maize each after the harvest.

The arrangement has since be hailed by both the beneficiaries and traditional leads, with Paramount Chief Kawinga of the district saying close 75 percent of the beneficiaries achieved good harvest last season.

As part of their corporate social responsibility, the company intends to increase the number of beneficiaries to 3000 in the 2022-23 growing season.

The company is currently the only blender of NPK Compounds in Malawi.

It owns its own premises in Liwonde that includes substantial warehousing for the blended products and bulk raw materials.

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