Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa MP says Smallholder farmers plays a significant role in Socio- Economic development of this country.
Nankhumwa was speaking in Lilongwe on Monday the 27th of January 2020 at the 23rd AGM for NASFAM where he was the Guest of Honour.
” Agriculture remains the Key Sector of Malawi’s economy. It’s vital for the livelihoods of most Malawians. Agriculture is important for the Household and national food , income and nutrition security. This Sector generates 29% of GDP , 65% of employment and 67% of exports earnings. Over the year , we have all noticed that this important Sector is being challenged by persistent emerging problems like that of Climate Change which are impacting on the contributions of the sector towards Malawi’s development agenda. It is for this reason with a clear understanding that we all have to address these challenges and Develop resilience” , said the Minister who is also Vice President of the ruling DPP in the Southern Region.
Some of the notable people who graced the function were Ambassador of Ireland Mr Gerry Cunningham, President of World Farmers Organisation Mr Theo de Jager , CEO of FUM Prince Kamoondamanga.
The theme of the AGM is ” Building a sustainable Agribusiness that delivers values and creates impact “.