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Chilimikani pa ulimi—Kazembe

Malinga ndi ng’amba imene yasautsa m’madera ambiri m’dziko lino, wachiwiri kwa kazembe wa limodzi mwa maiko a ku Ulaya la Flanders, Nikolas Bosscher wati boma la Malawi liyenera kuika mtima potukula ulimi m’dziko muno. Bosscher adanena izi Lolemba pa msonkhano wa dzidzidzi wa komiti ya National Agricultural Content Development Committee (NACDC). Iye adati kuti dziko…

Fodya wakunja wayamba kulowa

Pomwe dziko la Malawi lalima fodya wochepa ndi makilogalamu 27 miliyoni pamlingo omwe ogula fodyayu adaitanitsa, mavenda ena amachawi ayamba kulowetsa fodya kuchoka m’maiko oyandikana ndi dziko lino. Fodyayu akumalowetsedwa pogwiritsa ntchito njira zozemba chifukwa mchitidwewu  ngosemphana ndi malamulo a dziko lino. Wogwirizira udindo wa mkulu wa bungwe loyendetsa ulimi wa fodya m’dziko muno la…

Abandon demand side policies, rbm advised

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) should abandon demand side management polices instead of supply side polices if the kwacha’s steep depreciation is to be contained, University of Malawi’s Chancellor College economics professor Ben Kaluwa has said. Kaluwa, reacting to RBM’s statement released last Friday signed by Governor Charles Chuka which explained the genesis…

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Poor tobacco auction sales worry growers

Big Tobacco Growers Association (Central Region) has called on government to intervene in the sales of flue-cured tobacco under auction marketing system which has been suspended for four weeks in some auction floors while Lilongwe Auction Floor has had two sales. Chairperson of the association Henry Ntaba said in an interview that government should look…

Monthly cost of living eases by 1.4 percent

The monthly cost of living in the country’s cities and towns has gone down by 1.4 percent to K118 663 ($264) in May from K120 390 ($268) the month before, according to a Basic Needs Basket (BNB) prepared by Centre for Social Concern (CfSC). The faith-based think-tank has attributed the drop in May 2015 cost…

TCC courts buyers on suspended flue-cured sales

Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) yesterday met all tobacco buyers to resolve the cancellation of sales of flue-cured leaf under auction system at all the country’s auction floors. This follows the suspension of the sales two weeks ago due to high rejection rate, which went up to as high as 80 percent. In May 2012, government…

Tobacco buyers prioritise sponsored growers

  Tobacco Association of Malawi (Tama) has expressed concern about tobacco buying companies that are prioritising purchasing leaf from sponsored growers at the expense of non-funded growers. Tama chief executive officer Graham Kunimba told Business News last week that the association is currently lobbying buyers to treat all growers as equals. “We are not happy…

Migration gaps exposed

  A fact-finding tour that Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa had at Mzuzu Post Office yesterday exposed gaps that the switch-over to digital migration is experiencing. During the tour, Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) regional manager (North) Olline Mkandawire asked government to train salespersons selling the Malawi Digital Broadcasting Limited (MDBL) set-top boxes…

Two new companies start buying tobacco

Two new tobacco firms, African Tobacco Services (ATS) and Vision International Tobacco (VIT) Company, have started buying the country’s ‘green gold’ under auction system at the Lilongwe Auction Floors.   ATS, a South Africa-based company, which started buying the leaf on April 8 and VIT, a Chinese firm, on June 9, have since praised growers…

Lachitatu likubwelali lidzakhala tsiku lowawa kwa iwo amaonera kanema ya mlongoti (aerial). Makanema ambiri adzazima ndipo kudzakhala mdima wadzaoneni. Patsikulo ena adzayesa kuzimitsa makanema awo n’kuyatsanso koma sadzayaka ndipo ena adzawatengera kwa okonzetsa koma chithunzi osaoneka. Koma awa si mathero a dziko. Okhawo omwe ali ndi zowayenereza kuonera kanema wawo munjira yatsopano ya dijito adzaona…

The unmet need for health care in Rumphi

Travelling through the 27-kilometre narrow and bumpy dirty road from Bolero Health Centre to Jumbi in Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, one does not fail to notice the unmet needs of health care services which leave the masses scrambling for alternative sources. Recently, a homeopathy practice was opened in the area which gets cut off during the…

Government not serious on digital migration, says Cama

With less than 10 days before the country switches to digital television broadcasting, Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has accused government of lacking seriousness and commitment on digital migration. Cama executive director John Kapito, in an interview on Monday, branded the project as a failure. “This is a failure but give it a chance,” he…

Mining industry lacks technical expertise—govt

  Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is lacking technical expertise in gemstone valuation and grading to ensure proper pricing of the precious stones, Business News has learnt. The ministry’s spokesperson Levison Undi said the ministry has one gemologist who reported for duties last month and he is currently training his counterparts in Department…

RBM intensifies campaign on proper banknote handling

As the country loses billions in replacing worn out banknotes, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has intensified its campaign on proper handling of banknotes through training sessions for master of ceremonies (MCs) to advise the public at celebratory events. In a response to a questionnaire, RBM spokesperson Mbane Ngwira said proper handling of notes…

Insurance industry concerned about RBM directives

Nico General Insurance Company Limited, a subsidiary of listed Nico Holdings Limited, has said the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) is biting the insurance industry with too many directives. The insurance firm’s regional manager for Centre and North Master Mbale said this in reference to the recent RBM’s proposal to raise the minimum capital requirement…