Government has expressed commitment to promote diversification of agricultural production systems as one way of ensuring that Malawian farmers are producing a variety of crops.
Director of Agricultural Research Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr. Grace Kaudzu made the sentiments in Lilongwe during the Malawi stakeholders’ pre-conference event of the India Africa International conference on Millet.
“Government is promoting the production of millet crops due to their high nutrition content, climate resilient and they have the potential to combat malnutrition, promote sustainable agricultural practices and a sustainable food source for present and future generations,” said Kaudzu.
The main conference scheduled for August in Kenya, marks the International Year of Millets which is being supported by research agent International Crop Research Institute of the Semi Arid Tropics ICRISAT.
According to ICRISAT Africa Director Dr. Rebbie Harawa the celebrations are an opportunity for countries like Malawi to popularize the benefits if Millet and ensure that its production grows.