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Ministry of agriculture impressed with AGCOM interventions

Ministry of Agriculture has commended Agriculture Commercialization, AGCOM, for encouraging farmers in the country to be in cooperatives and funding them to live in their dreams.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Mkusa Nkhoma, made the recommendations when she visited Mango and ACADES cooperatives in Lilongwe district on Tuesday.

Mkusa Nkhoma said farmers are now doing more in their agricultural activities as they are now practicing commercial farming and they are able to make more profits than in the past.

Mkusa Nkhoma : farmers are now doing more in their agricultural activities as they are now practicing commercial farming and they are able to make more profits than in the past.

“It is high time farmers start adding value to their farm produce so as to make more profits than just selling ordinarily,” she said.

The deputy minister said AGCOM is committed to helping farmers find better markets mostly those in cooperatives.

In his remarks, AGCOM’s country coordinator, Dr. Ted Nankhumwa, said the purpose of AGCOM is to help farmers desist from subsistence farming and commit themselves to commercial farming.

All we want is farmers starting thinking and venturing into commercial farming,” added Nankhumwa.

Hastings Mshane is the chairperson for ACADES youth farmers’ cooperative at M’bwatalika in Lilongwe district and said their cooperative is set to store and add value to their farm produce so as to make more profits and to sustain its operations even by the time when AGCOM project comes to an end.

‘This is a factory, where we will be running business and from the revenue we will be making we hope we will be able to sustain and maintain the operations of this facility even when AGCOM is gone,” said Nhlane

36,000 farmers country wide have already benefited from AGCOM interventions among which 27 percent are the youths and 59 percent are women.

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