Kasungu, Kasungu Agriculture Development Division (ADD) said agriculture fairs are vital to providing farmers and other stakeholders a chance to develop networks and partnership.
Kasungu ADD Programmes Manager, Adreck Benati said this Wednesday during agriculture fair held at the boma.
He said most of the times farmers have been facing problems because they have been producing without having a steady market.
This fair gives them a chance to discuss with various stakeholders whereby farmers would be producing when there is already a market and known prices,” Benati pointed out.
Kasungu District Council Chairperson, Shadreck Mvula thanked the organisers of the fair saying it would help improve most farmers by connecting them to relevant stakeholders.
He said he was disappointed that some stakeholders did not take part in the fair thereby limit in the networking process the farmer needs to have in the district.
“We have many big companies in the district that have invested a lot in agriculture but shunned this important fair. I urge them to take part next time in this very important agriculture fair, Mvula observed.
Senior Chief Kaomba spelt the need for agriculture organisations to promote cooperatives so that farmers easily access markets.
“Most farmers are selling at lower prices because they sale as individuals. Stakeholders should help these farmers to form cooperatives which would make farmers have more and sale at a good price,” he noted.
The fair saw different exhibitors taking part which included NBS, Finca, FMB, Airtel, ETG, National Small Holder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Ministry of Agriculture, Good Neighbors, Cooperatives and some Agro dealers.
Held under a theme ‘Strengthening stakeholder collaboration: A key to sustainable agribusiness and economic development’, the fair was held from Wednesday to Thursday.
The Kasungu fair follows the National agriculture fair held in Blantyre.
Kasungu has held a first ever agriculture fair with a message on stakeholder collaboration being sent out.
Organised by District Agriculture Extension Coordinating Committee (DAECC), the agricultural fair brought together players in the value chain that included farmers, financial institutions, input suppliers, Non-Governmental Organisations working in agriculture and transporters among others.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA