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July 03, 2008

Malawi receives fertilizer donation from Egypt

The Malawian government has received a major boost to its fertiliser subsidy programme with a donation of 27.7 metric tonnes of Urea fertilizer from Egypt.

The donation was presented to Malawi government by the Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Akram Hamd during the hand over ceremony held in the capital, Lilongwe. Deputy Agriculture Minister Frank Mwenefumbo received the donation on behalf of the government of Malawi. He said the Egyptian fertiliser had come at the right time, when government was planning to roll-out the 2008/09 fertiliser subsidy programme.

"We are looking for 170, 000 metric tonnes of fertiliser for this year," the deputy minister said.
During the 2007/08 farming season, Malawi had a surplus harvest owing to fertilizer subsidy program.

The country managed to export 400,000 metric tones of maize to Zimbabwe and donated some to Swaziland and Lesotho.

"It's our pleasure that we have come to the assistance of Malawi and we hope we can be able to assist Malawi to be able to succeed in the subsidy programme," said Ambassador Hamd.

Nyasa Times

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