Malawi, Namibia pledge to work together to puff up agric
By Penelope Paliani Kamanga
LILONGWE – The farmers unions of Malawi and Namibia have pledged to work together in order to boost agriculture in their respective countries.
The pledge was made when Namibian National Farmers Union (NNFU) paid their counterpart Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) a week-long visit.
A week-long intensive engagement by NNFU leadership to Malawi has since left a lasting impression which can benefit Namibia immensely.
The delegates said Malawi’s best agricultural practices can help address some of the local farming challenges if replicated in Namibia.
NNFU president Jason Emvula said the two countries can work together to boost agriculture sectors contribution to their national economies.
He said Malawi can complement the Namibia’s sector by providing seeds and the needed expertise while Namibia can supply livestock.
Emvula said that Namibia wants to learn how to produce different crops through irrigation.
“You know that Namibia is a very dry country and there are parts of the country where we are implementing irrigation projects and expertise on irrigation can come in handy,” he said.
He said on the other hand Malawi can learn on how to breed cattle for both domestic and commercial purposes.
“We have seen that Malawi has a small beef market which we can easily help grow by bringing some of the breeds that are common in our country,” said Emvula.
FUM president Alfred Kapichira Banda said the two countries can easily complement each other.
“Only a few players are supplying meat against a huge demand that is there. Working with our friends from Namibia can easily reverse the current market trends. And we can also easily provide expertise on irrigation. It would be a win-win situation,” he said.
Malawi has indeed benefited from investing in irrigation as it has not only raised crop yields and farm incomes, but also mitigated adverse effects of climate variability.