Molly Chilizani is an energetic, ambitious and highly motivated person, and an effective team worker. she is a person who is motivated by challenges, she is able to handle pressure that comes with challenges within work environment, in addition to the above she a quick learner. she currently an assistant accountant for Greenbelt Authority . in her six months experience , her main focus is to produce good and timely accounting reports free from errors . prior to the current job, Molly was an assistant accountant for Bineth Trust where she worked for five years. throughout her working experience she has been able to demonstrate energy, effort and commitment to high standard work
THE GREEN BELT INITIATIVE
Government formulated the Green Belt Initiative (GBI) with the aim of using the available abundant water and land resources for irrigation to increase agricultural production and productivity, incomes and food security. GBI is to reduce the heavy reliance on the unreliable rain-fed agriculture which is susceptible to weather shocks and natural disasters (unreliable rainfall patterns, droughts, dry spells, and floods). Thus the GBI is to hedge against the negative effects of global climate change on food, nutrition and cash income security. The Initiative is consistent with both the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II), the National Agriculture Policy (NAP), National Irrigation Policy and the National Export Strategy (NES).
Transforming Malawi into a wealthy nation with assured livelihoods and sustainable utilisation of land and water resources.
To increase sustainable irrigated agricultural production and productivity through well developed and managed infrastructure for comprehensive utilisation of land and water resources as well as effective service delivery
In order to achieve the above Vision and Mission, the Initiative has the following specific objectives:
a) To increase area under sustainable irrigation;
b) To increase production and productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries technologies;
c) To improve market access and linkages;
d) To increase volumes and quality of value added products; and
e) To improve access to other socio-economic infrastructure within the context of rural growth centres.
1.2 Pilot Sites
In the first phase of the programme implementation, Government identified four pilot sites to be developed. These are: Nthola-Ilora-Ngosi in the area of Traditional Authority Kalonga in Karonga district covering 1000 hectares, Chikwawa Scheme in the areas of Traditional Authoririties Mwaza, Makanjira and Khombeza in Salima district covering 6293 hectares, Malombe scheme in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi district covering 500 hectares, and Chilengo scheme in the area of Traditional Authority Makuwira in Chikhwawa district covering 500 hectares.
2.0 PROGRESS TO DATE
2.1 SALIMA SUGAR PROJECT
Government is implementing a Sugar Project at Chikwawa Scheme in the area of Traditional Authorities Khombedza, Mwanza and Makanjira (Msosa) in Salima district. Government procured the 6293 hectares of land from Press Agriculture for the development of this irrigation scheme. Sources of water are Lake Malawi and Lingadzi river. The project envisages production of sugarcane on about 6000 hectares of land and production of sugar and sugar products. The Scheme has implementation arrangements focusing on smallholder commercial farmers, medium scale commercial farmers and a large-scale commercial grower.
2.1.1 Smallholder Farmers Cane Growers
About 250 smallholder farming households from within the project area have been allocated 530 hectares of land for sugarcane production. Each farming household is allocated 2 hectares of land. Government has over the past four years been constructing the 530 hectares irrigation scheme for these farmers. The construction of the scheme is being completed by Salima Sugar Company. Progress was mainly hampered by financial challenges.