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Malawi - M. Munthali

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AfriLAB: Regional Soil Laboratory Network for Africa | First meeting. 21 - 24 May 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya

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Malawi - M. Munthali

  1. 1. Laboratory name: Chitedze Soils Laboratory Country: Malawi Name of the presenter: Dr Moses Munthali
  2. 2. Chitedze Soils Laboratory
  3. 3. Technician working in Soil Chemistry Lab
  4. 4. Part of soil physics lab at Chitedze
  5. 5. Soil analysis in your country How many routine laboratories exist in your country? • 5 laboratories (3 for government and 1 for private and 1 academic) Are they ‘mobile’ laboratories? •No Are soil test kits commonly used? •No
  6. 6. Strength/weakness What do you think your lab is strong at? •Has 5 separate soil laboratories that include: soil chemistry, soil physics, soil microbiology, plants and miscellaneous, and mycotoxins laboratories •Is a government laboratory and has a vast history of existence and experience What do you think it could be improved? •Need capacity building of staff in dry chemistry using spectroscopy, GIS and remote sensing •Need establishment of online laboratory information management system •Need modern laboratory equipment i.e. X-Ray deffractometer, GC-MS
  7. 7. What are your expectations out of this meeting and GLOSOLAN? 1. harmonization of analytical methods 2.To be involved in national and international proficiency test of samples 3.GLOSOLAN to help and facilitate certification/accreditation i.e. ISO of national reference laboratory 4.GLOSOLAN to help build capacity of national reference laboratories both staff training and equipment 5.To establish links or contacts with others regional scientists for collaboration on proposal/project writing for funding
  8. 8. Thanks for your attention