African government pumps millions into poultry sector

14-12-2006 | | |

“There is endless demand for poultry products in Malawi . This business has a lot of potential, especially now that major producers have been hit by the Asian flue. The import suspension effected by the Malawi Government has also increased local demand,” said Delight Ngwira, Demat finance and administration manager.

The Development of Malawian Enterprises Trust (DEMAT), powered by a K270 million US$2 million) funding from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, will train and finance 2,000 poultry farmers over the next three years.

The training, to be carried out under what is called Broiler and Layer Management Project which also has a credit component for the graduates, starts this week.

The Broiler and Layer Management Project will also establish Poultry Demonstration Units (PDUs) inBlantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu for practical training programmes, according to Demat general manager Judith Chirwa.

The government believes the project will offer farmers hands on experience on how to profitably run the poultry business, help them access credit and link them to market players.


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