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Project Innovation Center fertilisers in for trials

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IN FOR TRIALS — Organic Fertiliser

Over two tonnes of bio -organic fertilisers produced by South Africa-based company, Optimum Mining and Engineering Solutions, have arrived in the country for validation trials at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).

In an interview, Chief Executive Officer of Project Innovation Center (PIC) Kondwani Ngwira confirmed the development, stressing that farmers could be able to use the fertilisers this growing season, once the tests are complete.

This follows a partnership between the University and PIC in conducting validation trials for production of bio- organic fertilisers in the country.

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This is coming at a time Malawians are complaining of the high cost of fertilisers, which rose to about K40,000 a 50 kilogramme bag.

Ngwira said, once the approvals are done, the company would open a manufacturing plant in the country for mass production of the fertilisers.

“The fertilisers have arrived at the border; they were just delayed because of the holidays but, any day this week, they will arrive at our office in Lilongwe and we will proceed to take them to Luanar. We are confident they will be approved because they were made from soil samples taken in Malawi.

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“This is a big opportunity for Malawi. Once we register this company in Malawi, it means we will create the much needed jobs in the economy, more importantly reduce the cost of fertilisers, which Malawians are complaining about. So we believe all the processes will be concluded soon,” Ngwira said.

In an earlier interview, Luanar Vice Chancellor Emmanuel Kaunda said the initiative requires the government’s support to be a success.

“We are in the infant stages but prospects are high and we expect huge government support in this initiative. We will be doing the research and our scientists have the capacity and are very keen to work on this project to end Malawi’s fertiliser woes,” Kaunda said.

Optimum Mining and Engineering Solutions is a South African company that entered into a partnership with PIC after the latter opened an office in that country to facilitate trade between local traders and South African manufacturers.

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