AFIKEPO it is a five year programme up to 2023 target women of child bearing age 15 to 49.

Nutrition sensitive agriculture is a major component.

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Agriculture Sector Wide Approach – Support Project (ASWAp-SPII)

When the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development asked farmers in the banana growing districts of Mulanje and Thyolo to uproot all banana plants, there was a lot of resistance from the communities. For most banana farmers in the two districts, exporting bananas to other districts in the country was their only livelihood and even though harvests were less and less due to the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) outbreak, they were still reluctant to uproot the diseased suckers because less harvest was better than none. “When government extension workers told us to uproot and burn the few banana suckers we had left, we strongly protested even though we knew the risk, we couldn’t stand the thought of uprooting our ‘livelihood’. They told us that by keeping diseased suckers, we were helping spread the virus even more,” said Mrs. Grace Chingaipe, a farmer in Thyolo district.  Her sad story is not a unique one in Nkaombe village, T/A Bvumbwe, Grace was one of the first farmers to benefit from free clean banana suckers from a community banana nursery that was established with support from ASWAp-SPII. Now she and a lot of farmers in her community have newfound hope. It required a lot of persuasion, negotiation and warnings from the Ministry to convince the farmers to uproot the infected.
RESTORING THYOLO’S LOST GLORY - Eradicating The Banana Bunchy Top Disease
suckers with only a promise of clean planting materials.

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MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION, AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICES (DARS)
 CITIZEN’S SERVICE CHARTER

SERVICES 
 
CLIENT REQUIREMENTS CHARGES TIMELINES
General Enquiries

Contact via walk-in, phone, letter, emails, and social media  Free  Immediately
Technology Testing and Dissemination Formal request According to budgetary requirements 15 days
Enquiry on Released Technologies i.e. crop varieties and management options Formal request  Free 5 days
Supply Planting Materials or Seed (Breeder’s, Pre-Basic and Basic) Formal request According to current market prices per crop variety 2 hours
Registration of Seed Growers Formal request K2,000/Crop 2 hours
Inspection of Seed Fields Formal request K6,000/Ha or less 1 day
Seed Sampling  Formal request  K500/Seedlot 5 days
Laboratory Seed Testing   Formal request K1,000/Sample/test  28 days
 Issuance of Replacement of Seed Certificate   Formal request   K5,000  5 days 
Orange International Certificate (Export)  Formal request K7,500 28 days
Plant Disease and Pest Diagnosis Formal request Free 5 days
Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificate and Import Plant Permit Formal request K5,000/Lot  3 days
 Laboratory Analysis of Soil, Fertilizer, Manure and Plant Tissues   Formal request    K1,000/Element  3 days
Laboratory Analysis of India Hemp   Formal request  K500/Element 3 days
Laboratory Analysis of Aflatoxin  Formal request K25,000/Sample  1 day
Detection of Living Modified Organisms (LMO) Formal request  K15,000/Sample 10 days
Detection of Banana Bunchy Top Virus Formal request K10,000/Sample  10 days
Supply of Microbial Inoculant or Strains  Formal request K700/Packet or K2,000,000/Strain 5 days 
Laboratory Analysis of Microbial Inoculant or Strains Formal request  K10,000/Sample K10,000/Lot

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Summary Information
Table 1: Agricultural Technologies Released by the ATCC in end-July 2018

No.   Variety/technology Description Type of crop Date of release  Institution
1.  HMR09-27 Moderate tolerant to root knot nematode (4.0) and granville wilt moderately resistant flue cured tobacco f1 hybrids  

Tobacco July 2018 ARET
2.   HMR09-29 Tolerant to root knot nematode and granville wilt moderately resistant flue cured tobacco f1 hybrids
 
Tobacco  July 2018 ARET
3.   Aryna as an insecticide
for use in tobacco

insecticide for use in tobacco Tobacco  July 2018 ARET
4. SC303 (10C4234) It is a three-way cross, utra-early maturing, white maize hybrid responding to climate change issues. It is drought tolerant variety recommended for low rainfall areas. It has a plant height of 2 m, ear height of 0.9m, flowers in 48 days and matures in 112 days. It has a semi-flint grain texture of 3.2. It yields 5 t/ha in heat stressed conditions and potential of 10 t/ha in mid-altitude areas. SC303 is tolerant heat stress and high levels of tolerance to Maize streak virus (MSV), Phaeospharia Leaf Spot (PLS) and Grey Leaf Spot (GLS) Maize  July 2018 SeedCo/DARS
5. SC419 (10C2738) It is a commercial three-way cross, medium maturing white maize hybrid. It is drought tolerant variety recommended for all maize growing areas from low to medium potential and as a late planted early maturing hybrid in high potential areas. It has a plant height of 1.75 m, flowers in 62 days and matures in 112days. It has an excellent grain texture of 2.5. It has a yields potential of 11.8 t/ha in mid-altitude areas. It has high levels of tolerance to Helminthosporium turcicum (HT) but moderate levels of tolerance to maize streak virus (MSV) and grey leaf spot (GLS) Maize  July 2018 SeedCo/DARS
6. SC529 (xxxx) It is a commercial three-way cross, medim-late maturing white maize hybrid. It is drought tolerant variety recommended for all maize growing areas from low to medium potential and as a late planted early maturing hybrid in high potential areas. It has a plant height of 2.5 m, flowers in 80 days and matures in 130-135 days. It has an excellent grain texture of 2.5. It has a yields potential of 13 t/ha in mid-altitude areas. It has moderate levels of tolerance to Helminthosporium turcicum (HT) but moderate levels of tolerance to maize streak virus (MSV) and grey leaf spot (GLS) Maize July 2018 SeedCo/DARS
7. SC649 (11C86) It is a commercial three-way cross, late maturing white maize hybrid. It is drought tolerant variety recommended for all maize growing areas from low to medium potential and as a late planted early maturing hybrid in high potential areas. It has a plant height of 2.3 m, flowers in 95 days and matures in 142 days. It has an excellent grain texture of 2.5. It has a yields potential of 13t/ha in mid-altitude areas. It has high levels of tolerance to Helminthosporium turcicum (HT) but moderate levels of tolerance to maize streak virus (MSV) and grey leaf spot (GLS) Maize July 2018 SeedCo/DARS
8. SC653 (11C4443) It is a commercial three-way cross, late maturing white maize hybrid. It is drought tolerant variety recommended for all maize growing areas from low to medium potential and as a late planted early maturing hybrid in high potential areas. It has a plant height of 2.35 m, flowers in 90 days and matures in 140 days. It has an excellent grain texture of 2.5. It has a yields potential of 12.2 t/ha in mid-altitude areas. It has high levels of tolerance to Helminthosporium turcicum (HT) but moderate levels of tolerance to maize streak virus (MSV) and grey leaf spot (GLS) Maize  July 2018 SeedCo/DARS

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The program focuses on the following components:

Technology generation, training of farmers, and dissemination. This component will support technology generation and dissemination based on priorities that have been agreed at national and regional levels as evidenced by inclusion in an annual regional research plan for each commodity and for training and dissemination,

Regional Centre of Leadership (RCoL) Strengthening. This component aims at strengthening the institutional capacities that are needed to establish RCoL. Capacity strengthening focuses on the physical facilities and human resources needed to sustain program objectives and outcomes at both the regional and national levels; and;

Project coordination and management. This component will finance management and coordination at the national and regional levels.

The program is bringing immense benefits to the populations of the three round-one participating low income countries and another 3 middle income countries (South Africa, Botswana and Namibia) who are all member states of the SADC region, which has a combined population of approximately 277 million (2010) a significant proportion of whom depends on maize as a staple food and animal feed, among other uses.

Main Aims, Activities  and Components

Between 2008 and 2012, the World Bank, through the IDA, in consultation with Governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia has been engaged in formulating a program to address agricultural productivity through technology development and dissemination within the Southern Africa region

APPSA invests in interventions that are enhancing: regional specialization in agricultural research;  collaboration in agriculture training and technology dissemination and; it is facilitating increased transfer of agricultural technology, information, and knowledge across national boundaries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

The main activities of the Program are being undertaken in three national research institutions and their parent ministries in the participating countries:

  • Malawi:Chitedze Agricultural Research Station (CARS); and MoAFS
  • Mozambique:Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM); and MINAG
  • Zambia:Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and MOAL

 

The Malawi program has 3 main components and 12 subcomponents as illustrated in Figure 1 below. These are as follows:

Technology Development

Component 1: Technology “Development” and Dissemination with the following sub-components

  • Malawi Maize Research & Development Projects
  • Malawi Rice Research & Development Projects
  • Malawi Legumes R&D Projects

Technology Dissemination

Component 2: Strengthening the Regional Centre of Leadership for Maize with these sub-components

  • Institutional Capacity Building
  • Improving Management and Performance Systems
  • Scientific Training
  • Strengthening Seed, Regulatory and Related Services

Component 3: Project Coordination and Management with its sub-components

  • APPSA Coordination Structures
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • CCARDESA Services/Facilitation
  • Project Preparation Advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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