MCA-Malawi has successfully achieved one of the many milestone events yet to come under the $350.7 million Malawi Compact. MCA-Malawi has commissioned and handed over two weed harvesters to Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (Egenco) to help the company improve power generation capacity of hydroelectric plants.

The glamorous event was attended by the U.S Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Principle Deputy Vice President Kyeh Kim and Malawi Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi. Masi was also Guest of Honour. The event took place on the shores of Shire River at Liwonde in Machinga District.

The commissioning of the two harvesters, named Rukuru and Linthipe, is seen as a milestone achieved under the ongoing implementation of the $350.7 million Malawi Compact whose goal is to stir economic growth thereby reducing poverty and spurring economic growth in Malawi. The two harvesters as well as a shore conveyor, two tipper trucks and their accessories (spare parts), have been manufactured and supplied by Aquarius systems company of Wisconsin – USA at about $2 million.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi, said Government is pleased to celebrate the handover of the two harvested because it comes at a time when Malawi is facing challenges in power generation. “Weed infestation and sedimentation of silt are some of the major challenges resulting in low power generation by EGENCO,” observed Masi.

U.S Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said the commissioning of Linthipe and Rukuru shows that USA and Malawi can a lot in partnership that can help spur development in Malawi.

MCA-Malawi is currently working with communities living along the Shire River basin to improve land management practices in order to combat soil erosion that culminates in serious sedimentation.