17 Aug, 2017

Share this Article

Some of the products displayed by Food Science and Technology Department

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) participated in this year’s Agriculture Fair whose theme was “Unleashing Full Agriculture Potential: Role of Markets”.

The Fair which was held at Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre ran from 16th to 19th August, 2017.

LUANAR Public Relations Officer, Mrs Bessie Milanzi, said participation of the institution in Agriculture Fairs is one of the various initiatives aimed at increasing LUANAR’s visibility.

“We took this as an opportunity to showcase the various innovations and technologies developed by experts at LUANAR,” said Mrs Milanzi.

She said it was encouraging to see how LUANAR processed products such as peanut butter, jam, juice and many others, were being sold and that more farmers were interested in indigenous vegetable seeds.

The function was opened by the State President, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.

Making his official opening speech, President Mutharika emphasised on the importance of agriculture to the nation, saying the government will keep on prioritising agriculture because it will continue to be the mainstay of the economy for some time to come.

“Today, we focus on the role of markets as we reposition this country to unleash the full potential of agriculture. We are also taking decisive measures for us to realise the full potential of those markets,” said President Mutharika.
He said the country has everything it needs to take off citing fertile land, fresh water and human labour, saying the only thing we lack is a new mindset.

He further said that he was impressed with the technologies that were showcased, saying it was impressive to see local technology set for climate mitigation.

He urged the banks to come up with tailor-made products that support agriculture.

“Banks should now reposition themselves to support the entire value chain beyond agri-business. When we make our farmers prosper, everyone, including banks will prosper,” said President Mutharika.

At this year Fair, LUANAR was represented by five departments, Agriculture Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Horticulture, Crop Science and Aquaculture and Fisheries. Capacity Building for Managing Climate Change (CABMACC) programme was also featured through Sustainable Environment And Enterprise Development for Climate Change Adaptation in Fisheries (SEED-Fish) project.

Written By: Patricia Ngwale