Flemish government to pump K14 billion in Malawi’s agriculture sector0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 04 Apr 2013 at 12:36am

President Dr Joyce Banda on Tuesday requested the Flemish Government to earmark the next cycle of assistance towards the agriculture sector.

The President made the request at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on agriculture between the Government of Malawi and Government of Flanders.

The next cycle of assistance amounting to 25 million Euros (about K14 billion) has been pledged towards this course.

Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government in Belgium in Malawi and Dr Joyce Banda

Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government in Belgium in Malawi and Dr Joyce Banda

“I believe that it is better when a financial package is earmarked towards one sector rather than spread among many sectors,” explained the President.

Banda commended Flemish Government for the financial support it gives to the country, saying there are no strings of conditions attached and it helps in the speedy implementation of projects that have been funded.

“We are pleased that the Flemish Government respects our priorities and are willing to work within our system,” said Banda.

The Minister-President of Flanders, Kris Peeters Wednesday officially opened the Lisasadzi training centre in Kasungu which has been rehabilitated with financial support from his government.

Banda said the centre will assist in the training of extension workers in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Peeters said the implementation of the MoU will be for the next five years and will help Malawi in agriculture sector to ensure that the country remains food sufficient.

“The implementation of the MoU will run for the next five years and agriculture sector will be of our interest,” Peeters said.

The Flanders Government adopted Malawi as its third country partner in January, 2007.

Written by Linda Likomwa

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