Drought-tolerant maize rescues Malawian farmers

  Arecent World Food Programme survey has said the current El Niño-induced drought has put scores of millions of people in southern Africa, including Malawi, at risk of being affected by drought which has devastated agricultural production in the region. But there is hope for Malawian farmers following introduction of drought-tolerant maize varities, courtesy of…

 Neno council staff seals offices over salaries

  Neno District Council industrial staff on Wednesday sealed off the district council complex, demanding their unpaid three-month salaries and six-month salary arrears. One of the staff, Patrick Kabuthu, who is also a senior security guard, said they engaged the council secretariat on the issue, but nothing positive came out. “We have decided to seal…

Of politicising development

  There has been too much politicisation of development projects in Malawi. Every politician seems to be concerned about winning votes than developing the nation. However, despite that Malawians, with too many registered political parties, have a wider pool of politicians to choose from on the polling day; development still seems to elude us. One…

Double up legume technology

  Malawi’s agricultural production levels and soil fertility continue to plummet due to lack of crop rotation and over use of the same pieces of land. The economy is agricultural based with soil being the primary and most important basic resource. As a nation we surely have to devise ways and means of revamping our…

Help the aged to age honourably

  Continued from last week   Healthy aging can be achieved if one follows healthy life style throughout their life span. It starts from conception and continues to old age and stops when one dies. During pregnancy, the mother is supposed to eat well and the diet should be nutritious to promote good development and…

Understanding and  valuing old age

  The population of old people is growing faster in many societies than any other population. World Health Organisation (WHO) defines an elderly person as the one aged 60 years and above. Others consider a person old if at the age of 50 0r 60 and are unable to support themselves. It is estimated that…

‘The church is for the truth’

Father George Desmond Tambala will be consecrated as the Bishop of Zomba Diocese today following his appointment on October 15, 2015 to replace Archbishop Thomas Msusa. Our correspondent JOSEPH KAYIRA caught up with Father Tambala to know more about him and on his aspirations for the future. Excerpts: Q Tell us more about yourself. A…

Malawi losing billions to poor environment use

  Malawi is losing over $190 million (about K106 billion) annually due to unsustainable use of its natural resources. This amount is more than the total funding allocated to the education and health sector budgets. The revelation is contained in a document titled The Economic Valuation of Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Malawi which was…

Kabwafu awarded 2015 Male Championship Trophy

  M’mbelwa District Council last Wednesday awarded Kabwafu Health Centre the 2015 Male Championship Trophy signifying its success in that field. This followed an evaluation exercise the council conducted in all health facilities within Mzimba North district health office (DHO). The findings demonstrated an improvement by the centre on three reproductive health indicators the centres…

Fresh voice for girl child rights

  Government has made some important strides in its efforts to bring gender equity by the passing of important legislature such as the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, which has put in place tenets that promote the rights of women and the girl child. The movement to promote the rights of women and the…

Likoma rising from slumber

After a successful launch of the band in Likoma last month, the Islanders Band took their act to Chizumulu Island last weekend. The jam-packed Baghdad Leisure Centre for the first time gave testimony to the band’s warm welcome on the twin island. The show, which started on Saturday and ran up to Sunday, is on…

Neno in soil conservation project

  Hunger Project Malawi has launched a new project along Mwetang’ombe and Lisungwi rivers in Neno called Titukuke ndi Chilengedwe ndi Magetsi aimed at reducing siltation and sedimentation of alluvial soil that runs into the Shire River. The soils are said to increase growth of weeds that block turbines when generating hydroelectric power. Hunger Project…