Poor weather hampers Mzuzu Coffee production

Malawi can barely meet coffee demand on the international market due to low production ,according to Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Limited. Mzuzu Coffee, which is certified environmentally friendly, is much-sought after bean by international buyers. However, the shortfall in supply means Malawi is losing out on foreign exchange earnings. In an interview, Mzuzu Coffee…

RBM postpones Mzuzu Branch opening

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has postponed the official opening of its newly built Mzuzu Branch, which was scheduled for November 21 as part of the bank’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Sources said President Peter Mutharika, who was set to officially open the branch, has a tight schedule that cannot accommodate opening of the branch. However,…

Zimbabwe tops export inquiries for Malawi products

Zimbabwe’s appetite for imports is growing and currently leads as Malawi’s product inquirer, according to a third quarter export report the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) has released. Maldive and India are the other two countries that have appetite for made in Malawi products. According to the report, Zimbabwe placed orders for blankets, plastic…

Malawi essential oils enter export market

Malawi has a huge opportunity to venture into big scale exports of essential oils due to their demand in Europe and South Africa, Ministry of Industry and Trade has said. Essential oils are natural and have numerous health benefits, according to experts. All good-smelling products such as cosmetics, creams and some foods, contain small quantities…

Mpira uthera panjira wosewera atamwalira

  Anthu akugwedeza mitu yopanda nyanga ku Choma, m’boma la Mzimba kaamba ka imfa ya mnyamata wa Fomu 3 pasukulu ya sekondale ya Choma yemwe adaombana ndi goloboyi poti agwire mpira ali paliwiro lamtondo wadooka lokagoletsa Lachisanu lapitalo. Patsikulo, timu yomwe Isaac Phiri wa zaka 20 amasewera imapimana mphamvu ndi timu yachisodzera ya pa sukulupo.…

Govt for fireproof markets

  Government has ordered a stop to construction of market stalls using planks nationwide with immediate effect. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said on Tuesday government plans to construct fireproof markets that will attract insurance companies to provide cover to vendors He said most traders fail to insure their merchandise against…

Mzuzu Market fire loss estimated at K1bn

About K1 billion ($1,818,181) worth of property was destroyed in the recent  fire that gutted Mzuzu Main market, Mzuzu City Council (MCC) director of administration Victor Masins has said. Last Wednesday, fire destroyed Mzuzu Main Market and two nearby commercial buildings. In an interview on Tuesday, Masina also said investigations are underway to establish the…

Market for legumes identified in asia, uk

  Local farmers of legumes have an opportunity to benefit from their sweat following the identification of lucrative markets for the crops in Asia, Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom (UK). Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc)—the country’s one-stop investment and trade centre— and AHL Commodities Exchange (AHXC), said they have identified markets for…

Report says no damage, deaths from earthquakes

Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says the 210 earthquake events that occurred between July and September this year with magnitudes of between 0.1 and 5.0 did not cause any damage to property or injury and death to people. In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry’s Geological Surveys Department, however, cautions the public…

Mzimba girls appeal for hostel

Mabiri Community Day Secondary School(CDSS) communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mzukuzuku in Mzimba on Thursday appealed to government, well-wishers and development partners to construct a girls’ hostel at the school. The locals made the appeal during a meeting with duty-bearers organised by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) The community members said some…

Minimum prices saved flue-cured tobacco—TCC

Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said the minimum price structure of buying flue-cured tobacco saved the situation during the just-ended tobacco marketing season. TCC technical and operations manager Fred Kamvazina said in an interview this week that as prices of the flue-cured tobacco were not good from inception, buyers were supposed to adhere to the…

Malawi’s inflation rate still highest in Comesa

Malawi’s inflation rate under the Harmonised Consumer Price Index (HCPI) is still the highest in the 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) trade bloc. The latest Comesa HCPI indicates that Malawi recorded the highest month-on-month inflation rate of 2.1 percent while Seychelles and Zambia were second with a rate of 0.9 percent.…

Tobacco earnings down 8%

  Malawi has earned $337.3 million (K189 billion) this year from tobacco, an eight percent drop from last year’s $366.3 million (K205 billion). The drop has been blamed on poor prices and high rejection rates. The drop in earnings is despite volumes at 192.6 million kilogrammes (kg) being 7.9 percent higher than last year’s 189.8…

Digital migration deadline shifted to December

Malawi may fully migrate to digital terrestrial television (DTT) from analogue by December 2015 after failing to completely switch over last Wednesday, Ministry of Information, Tourism and Civic Education has said. This comes after the country failed to meet the September 30 deadline as agreed by broadcasters during their meeting with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority…

Bruce Munthali out of TCC

Government has not renewed chief executive officer of Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) Bruce Munthali’s contract, which expired in August this year. Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education, who is also government spokesperson Jappie Mhango, confirmed that Capital Hill did not renew Munthali’s contract. Mhango said government felt that Munthali had done his part and…

Malawi kwacha in slight gain

The Malawi kwacha, which has been on a steep depreciation for the past three months, has slightly gained against three major foreign currencies, despite the country heading towards the lean period in foreign exchange supply. The gain is also happening at a time sales of tobacco—the country’s major foreign currency earner—are heading towards the end.…

Chotsani ndale mu ulimi wamthirira—Jalavikuba

Inkosi Jalavikuba ya m’boma la Mzimba yapempha boma kuika alimi patsogolo ndi kuchotsa ndale muulimi wamthirira. Mfumuyi idanena izi Loweruka lapitali m’dera la kumpoto m’boma la Mzimba pachionetsero cha ulimi wamthirira pomwenso idawapepesa alimiwa ati chifukwa salabadiridwa. Jalavikuba adati chifukwa boma lalowetsapo ndale paulimi wamthirira, ulimiwu sukupita patsogolo. Ndale, iye adati, zikulowa pa momwe kontilakiti…