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Malawi leads in fertilizer use — AU

Malawi has been named as one of the countries that are doing well in the use of fertilisers on the African continent.

African Union(AU) Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Sustainable Environment, Ambassador Josefa Sacko, disclosed during a Ministerial Conference of the Africa Fertilizers and Soil Health Summit in Nairobi, Kenya that Malawi has achieved a remarkable milestone, with 96 Kilogrammes of fertilizer used per hectare, far surpassing the average of less than 50 kilogrammes per hectare in most African countries.

Sacko emphasised the significance of this achievement in bolstering food security.

Minister of Agriculture, Sam Kawale, expressed gratitude for the AU recognition, stressing that his ministry will continue with innovations aimed at making fertilizers accessible to most farmers in Malawi.

Kawale outlined the government’s strategy to promote organic fertilizers over the next two years, recognising their vital role in rejuvenating depleted soils.

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is among nine Heads of State and Government who will attend the summit, which also brings together 2000 stakeholders to critically deliberate recent widespread decline of soil quality and the crucial role of fertilizer in stimulating sustainable pro-poor productivity growth in African agriculture.

By Isaac Jali

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