‘Malawi still facing health challenges’

  Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health Charles Mwansambo says government is committed to the delivery of quality health services despite facing some challenges. He was speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Amref Health Africa Strategy 2018-2022 at Sunbird Capital. Said Mwansambo: “Government remains committed to…

Salima Sugar Company output to rise 185%

  Salima Sugar Company output is expected to jump by 185 percent to 100 000 metric tonnes (MT) this year from last year’s 35 000 MT, an official has said. In an interview on Friday, the firm’s chairperson Shirieesh Betgiri attributed the anticipated increased output to good weather and increased hectarage for sugarcane. “Everything is…

Govt seeks donors  in horticulture sector

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has asked development partners to provide money to boost the horticulture sector which has the potential to grow the agricultural sector. The ministry’s assistant chief agriculture officer (horticulture) Mathias Nkhoma said this on Wednesday in Salima on the sidelines of a four-day market oriented smallholder horticulture…

MCCCI calls for value addition of agri-produce

  Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has urged players in the  agriculture sector to focus on value addition to accelerate economic transformation. The call comes ahead of the 15th National Agriculture Fair to be held in Blantyre  from August 30 to September 2 2018. In an interview on Friday MCCCI spokesperson…

TCC hails 2018 tobacco marketing season

  Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has hailed this year’s tobacco marketing season, saying it has had less disruptions compared to previous seasons. Speaking during a press briefing on Wednesday in Lilongwe, TCC chief executive officer Kaisi Sadala said the season has gone according to plan except for a few hitches both on contract and auction…

Three firms secure trade deals in TZ

  Three local firms secured trade deals during the just-ended Malawi-Tanzania Trade Forum which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last week, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Henry Mussa has said. In an interview, the minister said there is huge business potential in Tanzania which local companies and entrepreneurs should utilise. “The forum…

Salima Comsip Cooperatives savings hit K136m

  Salima Community Savings and Investment Promotion (Comsip) Cooperatives savings have hit K136 million, thereby enabling the group to lend money to members to improve their welfare. In an interview on the sidelines of the district’s Comsip Open Day at Kazizidwe Comsip Cluster in Traditional Authority Ndindi, Salima district community development officer Brighton Chunga said…

Private sector still key driver for economy—UK

  British High Commissioner Holly Tett says the country’s economy can only grow further if the private sector takes a leading role in coming up with innovations. Speaking in an interview yesterday on the sidelines of the first-ever Umodzi Park Business Leaders’ Breakfast in Lilongwe, the envoy said the private sector—which is touted as the…

Chamber urges industrialisation

  The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) says lack of industrialisation and the shrinking land available for agriculture are a stumbling block to the growth of the country’s economy. Malawi’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture although the sector is beset with challenges which result in high commodity prices. Speaking during…

Cross-border traders want protection in SA

  Cross-border Traders Association of Malawi chairperson Esther Tchukambiri says the Mozambique-Zimbabwe route to South Africa (SA) is becoming dangerous  as local traders are being targeted by criminals. Their concern follows the killing last month of a Lilongwe-based businessperson, Florence Sinsamala Chathyoka, at Beit Bridge—on the border between SA  and Zimbabwe—as she was about to…

Planning Commission for quick win projects

  The National Planning Commission (NPC), a body that will be formulating long-term national vision and strategy for socio-economic development, says it will hasten in identifying quick win projects to generate momentum and confidence to the country’s economy. NPC chairperson Richard Mkandawire, a socio-economist and rural development expert, said in an interview on Wednesday that…

Immigration starts printing passports in Mangochi

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has rolled out a trial printing of passports in Mangochi in fulfilment of its reforms. The development has stirred excitement among residents of the Eastern Region—which covers Zomba, Balaka, Mangochi and Machinga districts—who were travelling to Blantyre to process passports. Immigration national spokesperson Joseph Chauwa said the printing…

Malawi to use AHCX to buy maize

Malawi will this year use the AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX) to purchase maize from farmers to beat challenges that were faced last year. Officials from the State grain reserve, National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and AHCX told the media in Lilongwe on Wednesday that AHCX has been contracted by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA)…

Bankers push for irrigation agenda

  The Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM), a grouping of commercial banks, has urged the private sector to venture into irrigation if the country is to benefit more from the agricultural  sector. BAM president Paul Guta said in an interview on Tuesday on the sidelines an agri-business conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday that the country…

Malawi, Tanzania trade gap still wide

  Malawi  Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) says  bilateral trade between Malawi and Tanzania has been increasing over the years, but said more needs to be done to take advantage of the available opportunities. In an interview on the sidelines of a news conference on Friday to create awareness on the forthcoming Malawi-Tanzania Joint Investment…