Commercializing small scale farming in Malawi

The World Bank has granted Malawi US $95m for an Agriculture Commercialization (AGCOM) project. As such, the country’s agriculture sector is expected to turn into big business in the next six years. According to media reports, the initiative is an attempt to transform the agriculture sector into a high productive commercial division.

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Demeter Seed stocks certified seed of maize, various legumes and a diversity of vegetable seeds to give the farmer the genetic tools he needs to make the small scale commercial farming operation a success.

 

 

Celebrate Chilembwe

Reverend John Chilembwe (1871 – February 3, 1915) was a Baptist pastor and educator, who trained as a minister in the United States, returning to Nyasaland in 1901. He was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism in Nyasaland (Malawi), opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government’s failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organised an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule. Today, Chilembwe is celebrated as a hero of independence, and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi.

Guidelines to control fall armyworms

The Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) has released a new system of controlling fall armyworms.

The move comes after seven pesticides, developed by TPRI in 2017, proved to be ineffective against the type of worms, scientifically known as Spodoptera frugiperda.

The pesticides include Belt 480 Sc, Duduba 450 Ec, and Emamectin Benzoate, Mupacron 50Ec, Abamectin 5% and Lambda Cyhalothrin ‘karate’.

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Seed meets good planting rains

Throughout Malawi farmers have been receiving good planting rains and seeds are coming to life nicely.

A new life of a good food crop starts with the seed. The past few months the Demeter Seed team have worked hard on getting Demeter seed of maize and legumes to over 900 agro outlets spread out accross Malawi. This has given the farmers access to the vital input they need for a successful food crop – Demeter seed.

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