Tourism operators safe from cholera—Council

  Malawi Tourism Council (MTC), a grouping of private sector tourism operators, has dispelled fears that “isolated” cholera cases are scaring away tourists, stressing that the disease has been contained. In an interview in Lilongwe yesterday, MTC board chairperson Oswald Bwemba highlighted that this is not the first time cholera has affected the country. He…

Government to channel K31.82bn Japanese grant to agriculture

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has said government will channel the 4.8 billion yen (about K31.82 billion) grant from the Japanese government to the agriculture sector to boost production. The grant will enable smallholder farmers to acquire equipment on loan. In an interview after the signing ceremony in Lilongwe on Wednesday,…

Project pushes up legumes output

  A project dubbed Legumes Enterprise and Structured Production (Lesp) has pushed up legumes output by 18 percent to about 109 000 kilogrammes (kg) with over 7 000 farmers growing the crops. Lesp, an initiative of Comsip Cooperative Union, enhances the role of legumes in food, nutrition, income security and sustainable agriculture and is being…

RBM sets k440bn target for EDF

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has set ambitious targets for its departments, among them, tasking the Export Development Fund (EDF) to generate $600 million (K440 billion) in export earnings this year. EDF, a financing institution for export business, was formed by RBM in 2012 but is now incorporated as a private company to…

KCH bans staff from vending

Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) has banned staff from vending within the referral hospital’s premises on grounds that the practice is compromising health service delivery. According to a notice dated November 25 2017 signed by hospital director Janathan Ngoma, the hospital said the practice was unacceptable because it was affecting the smooth running of the facility.…

Embrace entrepreneurship, agriculture graduates told

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has challenged graduating students at Mwimba College of Agriculture (Mwica) in Kasungu to embrace entrepreneurship and establish their own businesses. In an interview, the ministry’s principal secretary Gray Nyandule Phiri said if agriculture students take up entrepreneurship, the country can be transformed further because the economy is…

TCC, ministry hail IPS model

The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  have hailed the impact of the Integrated Production System (IPS)of growing tobacco, saying it has transformed lives of many growers. Since IPS model was adopted in 2012, 80 percent of the leaf is sold under IPS while the reamining 20 percent…

Construction sector  moves to curb graft

Ministry of Transport and Public Works says the construction disclosure portal will bring transparency and reduce suspicions of corruption as information to do with projects will be in the public domain. The disclosure portal, launched in Lilongwe on Tuesday, is a user-friendly platform which will enable procuring entities to disseminate information to all stakeholders at…

1 791 die on the  Roads in 2017

  Statistics from the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) show that 1 791 people have died in 694 fatal road accidents in the country this year. The figure represents a rise from 1 112 people who died in 962 fatal accidents in 2016, according to DRTSS which made available the data during…

Land acquisition  frustrates investors—Mitc

Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) says challenges to acquire land, especially that held under customary law is frustrating investors and may affect the country’s economic growth. Mitc chief executive officer Clement Kumbemba said in an interview if land challenges can be sorted out then investors and the country will benefit. He said: “There is…