16,000 Malawi farmers to benefit from ATC, FCI partnershipTiwonge Kacheche
The Agricultural Trading Company (ATC) is poised to reach over 16,000 more farmers after getting into a working partnership with Farm Concern International (FCI) in a deal that will make available modern farm inputs and equipment to the farmers.
Signing the partnership agreement at AHL Group head office in Lilongwe, on Tuesday 21 July, 2020, FCI Programmes Manger Vincent Makiyi said the invaluable partnership will open up new opportunities for the farmers and enable them access modern farm inputs and equipment.
Makiyi said FCI was focused on improving the agricultural value chain for farmers in Malawi by among others getting into partnerships with private sector players like ATC.
“At every level of the agricultural process we want the farmers to access the best services. We know ATC will add value to this through its services and products offered in its outlets throughout the country.
“We work with over 16,000 farmers country wide who will now benefit from this partnership with ATC”, he said.
General Manager for ATC Madalitso Njerenje said her company has modern farm inputs and equipment which is very appropriate for all farmers.
“We have services and products that farmers use at ever point of their value chain which these farmers working with FCI will benefit from,” she said.
“We have inputs like fertilizers and inoculants, we have post-harvest products, we also have linkages to product off-takers which these farmers will now directly benefit from,” Njerenje added.
The FCI-ATC partnership is one of the many working relationships that ATC has established with public and non-governmental institutions and the private sector to enhance agricultural productivity and reach more farmers in Malawi.
ATC offers agricultural value chain products and services through its 17 shops country wide. Recently ATC has made available on the local market mechanized farm implements like hand-driven tractors and post-harvest management tools and services.