KA begins cholera  vaccination today

  The Ministry of Health has finally dispatched cholera vaccines to Karonga, the worst hit district in the raging outbreak which has affected 478 and killed six people in 13 districts so far. The life-saving consignment arrived in the shoreline district, which has registered 266 cases and four deaths, last week. According to acting district…

EU, communities plant over 4 000 trees

  The European Union (EU) and communities in Senior Chief Kaluluma in Kasungu District planted over 4 000 trees on Wednesday to curb environmental degradation in the area. Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), EU Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann said tree planting is important in conserving the ecosystem. He said in Malawi…

Salvation Army for sustainable hygiene

  Salvation Army has asked communities in Karonga to switch from temporary latrines to resilient toilets to avert the raging cholera outbreak. The flood-prone shoreline district has registered 266 cholera cases and four deaths, the worst hit among 13 districts where the fast-killing watery diarrhoea has hit 478 cases and killed six. Yesterday, Salvation Army…

Tsangano Market has no toilets

  Tsangano Market, a popular farm produce outlet in Ntcheu, has been operating without toilets for five months, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt. Presenting a report during a market sanitation review meeting in Ntcheu on Monday, Tsangano Market chairperson Austin Chimkango said the market’s toilets are no longer in use because they are full.…

Expert says flood grant can reduce impact

  An irrigation expert has said over 40 percent of irrigation facilities in Nsanje get washed away and silted up when floods occur. Nsanje disctrict senior irrigation engineer Edward Mkandawire said in an interview the situation is worrisome as it leaves many households food insecure. “The district mostly has shallow-based irrigation facilities, most of which…

Vita coach says battle not over yet

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side As Vita’s coach Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibenge says Be Forward Wanderers will pose a significant threat in the return leg of the CAF Champions league preliminary round tie next week Wednesday. The Nomads were thumped 4-0 on Sunday in the first-leg tie in Kinshasa and need a five-goal margin win…

LSPCA donates veterinary books to Luanar

  Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) has donated veterinary books to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) to support veterinary education. In an interview on Thursday, LSPCA programmes director Lieza Swennen said: “We believe education is crucial to bringing about meaningful change in the way animals are treated.…

MoH to roll out cancer vaccine next year

  Ministry of Health and Population says it will roll out the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination in the country’s 28 districts next January to protect young girls from the virus that causes cervical cancer. MoH senior public relations officer Adrian Chikumbe said in an interview on Thursday the ministry is currently finalising preparations ahead…

We are spoiled for choice—Madeira

Be Forward Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira has said they are spoilt for of choice ahead of today’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first-leg encounter against the Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita at Martyrs Stadium in Kinshansa. Madeira told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday after the team’s workout at Martyrs Stadium that…

Armyworms wipe out 10 000ha in Karonga

  Armyworms have destroyed almost 10 000 hectares of maize in Karonga, district agricultural development officer Raphael Mkisi has said. In an interview on Monday, he said 41 000 farmers in the shoreline district face hunger due to the pest attack. The same day, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliament…

Fall armyworms hit 34 000 farmers in DZ

  Fall armyworms have affected fields of 33 948 farming households in Dedza, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development officials have confirmed. Speaking in an interview on Monday, Dedza district crops officer John Malunga said 11 733 hectares of maize have been affected by the fall armyworms, raising food shortage fear in the 2017/2018…

NRWB unveils K19bn project

  Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has unveiled a multibillion kwacha project to modernise and expand water supply in Karonga. Speaking during a meeting with district executive committee on Monday, NRWB director of finance Francis Munthali said  engineering works worth $26.7 million (about K19.4 billion), will begin in August if Parliament authorises loans. He said…

Malawi signs K117bn World Bank financing agreements

  Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has signed a $160 million (K117 billion) finance agrements with World Bank to enhance the Shire Valley Transformation Programme and Agriculture Commercialisation Project. Speaking during the signing ceremony on Friday in Lilongwe, World Bank country director for Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi and Somalia Bella Bird said they are…