KULIMA PROGRAMME HOLDS ITS FOURTH STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
The KULIMA Programme held its fourth Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting on Wednesday 28th April 2021. The meeting, which was conducted virtually, was chaired by the Principal Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Erica Maganga. The objective of the meeting was to review progress in implementation for the period October 2020 to March 2021. In her remarks, the PS applauded the various milestones that have been achieved during the review period despite the COVID-19 pandemic. These included delivery of research supplies to Chitedze, Bvumbwe and Lunyangwa Agriculture Research Stations; delivery of equipment to the Pesticides Control Board at Bvumbwe; signing of the EUR12.5 million loan facility between European Investment Bank and Ecobank Malawi Limited; delivery of inputs to farmers as part of the COVID-19 response; distribution of clean banana suckers to farmers for the establishment of nurseries and orchards of which cumulatively the programme has distributed about 120,000 suckers; and continued formation of farmer field schools as part of efforts to strengthen extension service delivery of which to date 9,483 farmer field schools have been formed against a target of 13,400. She, however, called for enhanced coordination among different components of the programme in order to further improve programme implementation. The meeting was attended by PSC members and all implementing partners.