The EU Officially Hands Over to the Government of Malawi Research Supplies Procured under the KULIMA Programme

On Tuesday 14 June 2022, the European Union in Malawi officially handed over to the Government of Malawi  research supplies procured under the KULIMA Prpgramme in 2020. The supplies were distributed to three Agricultural Reseach Station under the Ministry of Agriculture namely: Chitedze, Bvumbwe and Lunyangwa. The supplies, with a total cost of about MK670 million included laboratory equipment, ICT Equipment, laboratory consumables and protective gears. The supplies were officially handed over by the EU Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Rune Skinnebach and were received on behalf of the Governement of Malawi by the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Lobin Lowe at Chitedze Agrcultural Research Station in Lilongwe.

In his remarks, Hon. Lobin Lowe said the state of the art equipment is a game changer as far as agricultural research in Malawi is concerned. And in his remarks, the EU Ambassador strongly encouraged the Ministry of Agriculture to make full use of the laboratory supplies received  to improve generation and dissemination of technologies and deliver good quality services to Malawians small holder farmers.

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The KULIMA Programme Holds its 8th Programme Technical Committee (PTC) Meeting in Salima

The Kutukula Ulimi M’Malawi (KULIMA) Programme held its 8th PTC at Blue Waters Lake Resort in Salima on 19th May 2022. The objective of this meeting was to review progress in implementation for the period January-April 2022. The meeting, which was chaired by the Director of Agricultural Research Services Dr. Wilkson Makumba, was attended by all PTC members from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Industry, European Union Delegation in Malawi, NAO Support unit of the Ministry of Finance, LUANAR, FAO, GIZ and Self Help Africa (SHA). The PTC members reviewed progress through progress reports that were presented by KULIMA Implementing Partners which are the KULIMA Multi Annual Programme Estimate (MAPE), FAO, NGO Consortium led by SHA, GIZ GIAE, GIZ MIERA, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and NIRAS.

Prior to the meeting, the PTC members visited visited KULIMA implementation sites in Nkhotakota and Salima on 17th and 18th May 2022 respectively. In Nkhotakota, the team visited Chitsanzo Farmer Field School (FFS) under FAO which is  undertaking a study on effects of manure options on rice yield; Pasavute FFS under the NGO Consortium which has been conducting variety trial for banana, Village Savings and Loans (VSL) and pineapple production among other activities; and a cassava seed multiplier, Veronica Liwewe, under GIZ GIAE. In Salima, the team visited Mlato banana group under KULIMA MAPE; Mpanje FFS under FAO on livestock production (goats); and Chisomo FFS  under the NGO Consortium on land conservation management and nutrition. The picture below shows PTC members interacting with Chitsanzo FFS in Nkhotakota under FAO.

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Rehabilitation works for M’mbelwa RTC and Tissue Culture Laboratory at Lunyangwa take off

The KULIMA Programme Estimate will this year carry out rehabilitation of M’mbelwa RTC in Mzimba and tissue culture laboratory at Lunyangwa Agricultural Research Station in Mzuzu. To kick start the process, the KULIMA Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU) facilitated the handover ceremonies of the two sites to the Contractor who will be carrying out the rehabilitation works.

For M’belwa RTC, the site handover ceremony was held on 17th March 2022 where Tradition Authority Kampingo Sibande was the guest of honour representing  Inkosi Yamakosi Mbelwa V. Also in attendance were the Director of Agricultural Extension Services, Dr. Jerome Nkhoma who represented the PS for Agriculture; NAO Support Unit Programme Manager for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Chisomo Kumbuyo; and the KULIMA Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Agnes Nkhoma. At the ceremony, both Inkosi Kampingo Sibande and Dr. Jerome Nkhoma applauded the KULIMA Programme Estimate for the planned rehabilitation works which once completed will allow the facility to be used for various activities it was intended for which include training of extension workers as well as other government staff. They advised the Contractor to carryout the rehabilitation works to the expected standards. The Contractor was also advised to employ people around the area for some of the works.

The site handover ceremony for the rehabilitation works of the tissue culture laboratory at Lunyangwa was held on 18th March 2022 and the cremony was presided over by  the Director of Agricultural Research Services, Dr. Wilkson Makumba  who represented  the PS for Agriculture. Also in attendance were  the NAO Support Unit Programme Manager for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Chisomo Kumbuyo; and the KULIMA Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Agnes Nkhoma. It is expected that once completed, the rehabilitation of the tissue laboratory will greatly improve multiplication of clean banana planting materials under tissue culture thereby benefitting more smallholder farmers.

The rehabilitation  works for both M’mbelwa RTC and  the tissue culture laboratory at Lunyangwa will be conducted by Ground Force Construction as the Contractor but under the supervision of Form D Graphics. These are local firms and the rehabilitation works are expected to be implemented for a period of 6 months.

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THE FOURTEENTH EPISODE OF THE KULIMA TV PROGRAMMES

By Moses Pacharo Kachale

Below is the fourteenth episode of the KULIMA TV Programme aired during the week beginning 17th January 2022 on MBC TV, Zodiak TV and Times TV. The programme documents implementation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) under the KULIMA Programe. In the programme, farmers explain the importance of farmer field schools in the implementation of agricultural activities. The FFSs conduct various studies on agricultural enterprises and in this programme, farmers explain how the studies are done. The TV programmes are being facilitated by the KULIMA Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU) through the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) in the Ministry of Agriculture. Airing of the second phase of the TV programmes commenced on 10th January 2022 and will run up to 30th June 2022. This is part of Communications and Visibility activities under the KULIMA Programme.

 

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WELCOME TO THE THIRTEENTH EPISODE OF KULIMA TV PROGRAMMES

By Moses Pacharo Kachale

The KULIMA Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU) through the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) in the Ministry of Agriculture is implementing the second phase of airing of KULIMA TV Programmes on National Television Stations. This is a continuation from the first phase where a total of 12 TV Programmes on the implementation of KULIMA activities were aired on Zodiak TV, Times TV and MBC TV. The second phase commenced on 10th January 2022 and will run up to 30th June 2022. Below is the 13th episode of the  TV Programmes that was aired last week on the three TV stations. The programme documents implementation of banana activities in Karonga and Nkhata Bay  Districts. In the programme, farmers in the two districts explain the benefits acrued so far through the implementation of banana activities. The farmers also explain how they are able to manage the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) and future plans.

 

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CONTINUATION OF KULIMA TV PROGRAMMES ON ZODIAK TV, TIMES TV AND MBC TV

The Department of Agriculture Extension Services (DAES) has started collecting content for airing of the second phase of TV Programmes on the implementation of KULIMA Programme in all the 10 KULIMA implementing districts. The programmes showcase progress on implementation of various KULIMA activities for all the KULIMA Implementing partners.  Airing of the TV programmes commenced on Monday 10th January 2022 and will run up to 30th June 2022. The TV Programmes are being aired on Times TV, Zodiak TV and MBC TV. This is part of communications and visibility activities for the KULIMA Programme. Below is the schedule of the TV Programmes for each week:

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THE KULIMA PROGRAMME HOLDS THE FIFTH PROGRAMME STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Today 25th November 2021, the KULIMA Programme held its fifth Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting at BICC in Lilongwe. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary for Agriculture, Mrs. Erica Maganga. The objective of the meeting was to review progress in implementation for the period April-October 2021 for PSC members to offer strategic guidance.

In her remarks, the PS advised implementing partners to start developing exit strategies and strengthening sustainability measures. In addition, she advised members to start taking stock of some of the impact the programme is making and lessons learnt for future programming of similar interventions. Implementing partners were also advised to devise ways to further strengthen collaboration and synergies among the various components of the programme. Furthermore, Implementing partners were also urged partners to strengthen structures within the KULIMA districts so that once the Programme ends, the interventions should be sustained beyond programme implementation. The meeting, which was held both physically and virtually, was attended by most PSC members and all implementing partners.

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