Suppliers of maize seed and other farm inputs have touted the Affordable Input Programme (AIP) championed by the government for enhancing sales of their products in the 2021 growing season.
In an interview, Seed Co Malawi Commercial Director Gift Kawamba, without divulging the magnitude of the company’s sales, said this season has been very good for the company.
“We were given the biggest contract to supply seed under the AIP and we did our best to place seed in the market for the farmers. Compared to last year, our business has grown by a big margin and we are thankful to the Malawian farmer for always having trust in Seed Co’s hybrid seeds.
“Changes in climate conditions have forced many companies, Seed Co included, to go back to the drawing board to develop hybrid seeds that will thrive in the current conditions. To that effect, our research teams and agronomists have developed hybrid seeds that do well under different climatic conditions,” Kawamba said.
He added that the company had developed crops that would do well under very few rains, and in areas that receive too much rainfall.
Managing Director of one of the farm input suppliers, Novahiwa Investments, Leonard Chimwaza indicated that the company managed to sell in excess of 60 tonnes of both hybrid and open pollinated maize varieties due to the AIP.
“Since the commencement of the planting season, I have observed good crop stand in all the fields. Some of the contributing factors includes use of certified seeds accessed through reputable agro dealers, precisely and correct plant spacing, prudent weed management and timely application of fertilisers. From the look of things, in the 2020/21 agriculture season, there will be an increase in crop yield,” Chimwaza said.