Tobacco sales suspended in LL

Burley tobacco sales at the Lilongwe Auction Floors suffered a setback on Tuesday as growers blocked the auction system due to high rejection rates pegged at 60 percent. Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) chief executive officer Bruce Munthali said in an interview the burley tobacco sales are scheduled to resume today (Wednesday) as the commission is…

Government told to be aggressive in implementing NES

Former president of the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has urged government to seriously implement the National Export Strategy (NES) for the country to boost exports. In an interview Matthews Chikankheni, who is also Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Competition Commission (CCC) board chairperson, said there is need for…

vendors exploiting maize farmers

Amid a deficit in maize, some vendors are buying the staple grain from desperate farmers at K90 per kilogramme (kg) despite government setting the minimum buying price of K100 per kg. This is coming at a time the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report estimated that 2.8 million Malawians—about 20 percent of the country’s population—face…

Saving a market from fire

A walk at Vigwagwa Market in the heart of Mzuzu City takes one through timber stalls where vendors sell their wares.  Vigwagwa, which refers to timber in Tumbuka, is a makeshift market that started eight years ago to rid streets of the green city of vendors. The market lies within a kilometre of the Mzuzu…