Malawi will from Tuesday host a two day international sugar conference in Lilongwe which will see 120 delegates, both from within and outside the country, in attendance. The conference has been organised by Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi (Sugam).
The meeting is expected to raise awareness among farmers and other stakeholders on the happenings in the industry.
Sugam President, Frighton Njolomole, said conference will increase farmers’ understanding on the activities in the Malawi sugar industry and beyond and also build an understanding of internal and external factors that influence the sugar industry in Malawi.
Some of the issues to be discussed at the conference include market opportunities for the Malawi sugar with Southern Africa Development Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, modeling
and forecasting, the effects of climate change on agriculture in Malawi and building climate resilience of sugar smallholder farmers in Malawi.
Principal Trade Officer in the Ministry of Industry and
Trade, Diamond Chikhasu, said the conference will give an opportunity to Malawian sugarcane growers to find markets in the Souther Africa Development Community as well as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
The conference has technical support from the international charity, Concern Universal and funding from the European Union and Solidaridad through the National Authorising Office under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Development.