Farmers protest maize export ban

  Maize farmers say government is not helping them to get just rewards for their sweat by continuing to ban export of the staple grain. Government banned maize exports early this year to avoid creating shortage for the grain. This year, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, the country…

small and medium enterprises benefit from business matching linkages

About 113 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have benefited from the Competitiveness and Job Creation Project by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through business matching linkages. Through the project, SMEs access grants to improve their businesses. This means that if an SME wants to purchase equipment, government provides half of the cost with…

Workers compensation fund in the offing

After years of waiting, workers in the country can now afford a smile following the engagement of an International Labour Organisation  (ILO) consultant to help government set up a workers compensation fund. The fund is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of their job. Despite…

Ecobank challenges firms to tap into DRC market

  Ecobank Malawi managing director Charles Asiedu has challenged local businesses, especially those in agri-business, to take advantage of the huge market in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Most Malawian traders in agri-businesses export their produce to Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and some East African   countries. In an interview in Lilongwe on Wednesday on the…

We must emulate Gandhi—minister

  Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka says the life of Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of the Indian independence movement from Britain, needs to be celebrated as he always preached peace. The minister made these remarks in Lilongwe yesterday during the commemoration of Gandhi’s birthday. Born on October 2 1869, Gandhi led India…

Mitc for thorough screening of agriculture investors

  Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc), a one-stop investment platform, fears that the potential benefits of investment in agriculture and food systems may be outweighed by adverse social and environmental impacts. The aim was to promote responsible investment in agriculture that contributes to sustainable development and eradication of hunger and poverty. Mitc chief executive…

Egenco to invest in 3 power generators

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) is in the process of purchasing   heavy duty diesel generators to add 36 megawatts (MW) to the 354 MW on the national grid which is straining to supply power throughout the country. The generators which will be purchased from India will be installed in Mzuzu, Blantyre and Lilongwe. For Blantyre the…