Kofi Annan’s Green revolution to tap water from
By Muyanga Ziba
African Green Revolution, an organization started by the former Secretary General of the United Nations , will tap water from Lake Malawi to upland where large numbers of arable land will be irrigated, President of Malawi Dr. Bingu Wa Muthark said Thursday at Salima.
Dr. Mutharika ,who could not disclose how much aid the Green Revolution would give said the irrigation project would be the biggest in
The project will cove districts like Karonga, Rumphi Nkhatabay and Mzimba in the Northern Malawi , Nkhotakota, Dowa and Salima in Central Malawi and Mangochi,Ntcheu,
“Dr. Kofi Annan has pledged a lot of money to ensure that the project is a success and is coming to see for himself all the arable land that will be irrigated,” he said.
Financial analysts have predicted the total cost of the project should be more than 200 million American dollars
He said water from irrigation would mean Farmers would be harvesting their crops more than twice in each year saying
Water analysts from the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development have predicted that the project would create more than one thousand jobs thereby contributing to the economic development of the country.
They say the economic prosperity would also trickle down to neighouring countries such as
The African Green Revolution that supports the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the number of hungry and malnourished people in
At the heart of the Green Revolution is the idea that, using existing science and technology, agriculture can become the engine for
It would also see improved food crops, developed through publicly funded research focused specifically on
One third of land in
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO) ‘s Jacques Diouf said in December Malawi has the potential to feed many countries in Africa if it can use modern Irrigation methods properly of taking water from Lake Malawi to upland areas .
Diouf lamented that only 2% of the land is used for irrigation saying