Hon. Lobin Lowe MP, Minister of Agriculture, says Malawi has been relying on importation of fertilizers from abroad while the Smallholder Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund of Malawi [SFFRFM] the public body, was incorporated on 1st April 1988 under the Trustees incorporation Act of 1962.
Lowe says he and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Agnes Mkusa Nkhoma, engaged SFFRFM and other stakeholders that at all cost by 2023, a fertilizer plant should be established in Malawi saying the reforms reports submitted Tuesday, 6th April,2021 to Vice President Dr. Saulosi Klaus Chilima’s perusal and guidance.
He says they have given themselves up to December 2023 to make sure that the first bag of fertilizer is manufactured at this plant saying the company will not only help in making available stocks of fertilizers that match the soil map requirements throughout the country at an affordable price, but also will help in creating more jobs for the youths.
Writing on his Facebook page, Lowe says in having imports substitute, they are again expecting to reduce the panic Reserve Bank of Malawi [RBM] experiences in allocating more forex to the purchase of these fertilizers abroad.
…”I still see Malawi to that direction President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera wants, Malawi okomera tonse atheka ndithu…,’’ reads Lowe’s writing on the wall.
Meanwhile, a Malawi Congress Party [MCP] diehard supporter, Mr. Rodgers Kamphangala has commended both Lowe and Mkusa Nkhoma for the initiative that will see Malawi changing from poor to prosperity.
Kamphangala, however, warned the two against taking Malawians for granted with unrealistic promises saying this is the reason that Malawians have lost public trust with the Tonse Government , expressing hope that Lowe and Mkusa Nkhoma’s promises will be a complete departure from Tonse’s false promises.
…”Malawians are angry with the Tonse Government for failing to live up to their wishes and aspirations mainly on unrealistic promises, make sure you achieve this, credit will be given to you and not Government…,’’ said Kamphangala.
He asked Agriculture stakeholders to join hands with Lowe and Mkusa Nkhoma so that the dream to have the first fertilizer manufacturing Company in Malawi come true after 57 years of the country’s independence.
Kamphangala is reminding Lowe and Mkusa Nkhoma of the Building which was abandoned by the Taiwanese meant for manufacturing fertilizers at Kanengo along the M1 Lilongwe-Mzuzu road saying there’s no need to look for another site when the building is readily available, what is left is only to plant machines.
The Kanengo Building was left by the Taiwan Government after the previous Government cut off diplomatic relationship that was existing between Malawi and Taiwan for Mainland China.
By Vincent Gunde