Foreign partnership in cotton production boost industry (Malawi)

The Malawian and Brazilian governments have partnered under the cotton development agreement,to boost cotton production in the small south-eastern African country. The partnership will see modern technologies and cotton breeds developed under Brazilian Research Corporation (Embrapa). Under this partnership, Malawi cotton exports is expected to drive up production thereby raising export revenues significantly. “The project will strengthen local researchers and extension workers for better production of technologies and cotton seed,” said Malawi Minister of Agriculture, Allan Chiyembekeza. The main economic products of Malawi are cotton, tobacco, tea, groundnuts, sugar and coffee. These have been among the country’s main cash crops for the last century. Malawi’s neighbour, Mozambique, is also expected to benefit from this project. Brazilian Ambassador to Malawi, Gustavo Martins Noguera, said the project is a replication of one that was implemented by Brazil in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali which was known as Cotton-4. – George Mpofu;