In line with its objective of expanding the Export market Segment, Exagris Africa Ltd currently has two key export crops, African Bird Eye Chillies and Paprika. However the company is also pushing for Seed exports into neighbouring countries like Zambia and Mozambique.
Malawi is an agro based country whose 80% of income depends on Agriculture. Over the years, the Country has been relying on Tobacco only as an export crop and sugarcane being the sole source of sugar to be added to any processed or unprocessed food for sweet taste. Exagris Africa Limited through Department of Agricultural Research Services is very much interested in going a mile in the taste foods by introducing STEVIA as a natural sweetener for almost several processed foods.
I always make the comment that once the rains have stopped we have only completed 50% of our work. The process of harvesting requires even more attention than the growing stage of our work. We are now reaping from the land the seed we have sown and seen grow and mature through the rains into a full crop. We know that as farmers we will only be able to reap from where we have sown. The harvest is ripe and ready. Reaping is the hard work we must put in to gain the benefits of the sowing and tending we have undertaken in recent months.
No one farming season has ever been exactly the same as the other, this being mainly driven by the season to season differences in weather patterns, particularly rainfall among other factors especially with dry land farming. Coming from the background of a 2015-2016 farming season that was characterised by drought and dry spells, all our prayers this time around, were focused on having a 2016-2017 farming season that would be blessed with abundant rains as widely predicted by weather experts. This gave us a lot of hope.
A proud Francis Blair stands in a field of Hybrid Paprika grown on the Exagris Katonthowolo Estate (KTW).
Francis has recently been transferred from Nkozo Estate in the same area where he worked among a number of other managers to KTW, he now manages the entire Estate under the guidance of his Area Manager Stewart Chipeta.
Despite a lower than average rainfall season the Hybrid Paprika is not showing any signs of distress and an acceptable yield is expected.
This is due to the fact that the imported seeds produce a better quality plant which reacts well to the high level of management exercised by Francis.