Despite immense efforts by government in investing in fertilisers through the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) since 2005, agriculture in Malawi continues to be marked by low productivity. This is due to several reasons, including high soil degradation, poor land management, detrimental farming practices and use of low quantities and quality of fertilisers. This has…

Media Support is crucial-NGOs

Some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attending the on-going media training on  agriculture ethics have called on a continued working relationship with the media to improve reporting of agriculture stories in the country. This was disclosed during a panel discussion in Salima  organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water (MoAIWD) with support from USAID through the…

Avoid fake news-MACRA

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Director of Broadcasting, Fergus Lipenga has advised, community radio stations to be professional and avoid sensationalizing news reports. Speaking at the on-going media training on Agriculture Ethics, in Salima, Lipenga said, community radio stations have a greater impact within the communities and farmers value the information. “Most farmers actively participate…

Media hailed for raising alarm during disasters

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) has hailed the media in the country for being active making an alarm during disasters such as floods. The director of administration in the ministry of agriculture, Mccalum Sibande, said this on Monday in Salima when he officially opened a media training which was organized by MoAIWD…

Land Laws to develop positive reforms – Muluzi

The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Atupele Muluzi is optimistic about the positive impact land reforms will bring in terms of identifying, allocating as well as managing all types of land. Speaking during the Second Land Symposium held in Lilongwe, Muluzi further said this, will establish a clear baseline where key infrastructure such…

Uladi Mussa out on bail, argues arrest politically-motivated

People’s Party (PP) interim leader Uladi Mussa says his arrest on Monday waspolitically-motivated to shake his political career. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mussa on charges of negligence and abuse of office. Addressing PP supporters and other inquisitive onlookers after pleading not guilty to the charges at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Mussa said the…

Uladi Mussa hands himself to ACB

People’s Party (PP) interim leader Uladi Mussa yesterday handed himself to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for questioning after allegedly being implicated in a passport scandal. Mussa is alleged to have violated his ministerial powers and the Malawi Constitution by granting Malawi citizenship to over 50 foreigners in 2013 when he was minister of Home Affairs…

Goodall defends mid-year budget

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe insists the country’s economy is on a rebound because signs of recovery started being noticed during the first half of the year. He said this yesterday when he wounded up debate on the Mid-Year Budget Statement in Parliament. According to Gondwe, the signs of a…

MPs want PS Maganga charged

Mzimba West lawmaker, Harry Mkandawire on Thursday asked Parliament to look into ways of prosecuting Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary Erica Maganga for perjury. Perjury is the offence of wilfully telling a lie in court after taking an oath or affirmation. Lawmakers are accusing Maganga of lying to the Parliamentary Committee…

Chaponda fallout

Opposition, analysts hit APM As ACB calls for patience Too little, too late. That is how the Opposition and political commentators have welcomed President Peter Mutharika’s decision to finally fire Agriculture Minister George Chaponda  a day after the ACB had pounced on his property and that of others being probed in the Zambian maize saga.…

MPs gag Chaponda

Parliament was once again briefly derailed yesterday when opposition members stopped Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda from answering questions for his ministry. Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) argued that since Chaponda is currently being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), he was not supposed to answer any questions in his capacity…

Opposition casts doubt on economy

Opposition political parties yesterday took turns in punching holes into the revised 2016/17 National Budget and casting doubt on figures Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe presented to Parliament on Friday. The parties, through their members of Parliament (MPs), said the new budget lacks concise and prudent economic foresight as it was formulated under pressure. Gondwe…

Nankhumwa remains Leader of House

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa remains the interim Leader of House, until further notice, following protests from the opposition side of Parliament. On Monday, opposition members of Parliament (MPs) observed that the former Leader of the House George Chaponda was not fit to take back his position after findings of a…

Maize saga inquiry findings out today

The four-member commission of inquiry instituted by President Peter Mutharika to probe matters surrounding the procurement of maize from Zambia is this afternoon scheduled to present its findings to the President. Mutharika set up the commission on January 1 to probe the issue following alleged corrupt elements in the maize deal by the State produce…

Armyworms affect 20 districts

Government has put in place measures to contain a fall armyworms outbreak that has invaded 20 districts in the country. Minister of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development Henry Mussa made the assurance in Parliament. He was responding on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development to a question from Dowa South…

APM appoints Nankhumwa as Leader of House

President Peter Mutharika has appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa as the interim leader of the House. The move puts to rest speculations on the fate of suspended Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda who is currently entangled in a maize procurement scandal. Making the announcement, Speaker of…

Malga engages Southern Region councillors

Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) project manager Harold Mkandawire has said the recent citizen engagement meeting with councillors from the Southern Region will empower citizens in the implementation of developments projects. Speaking after the meeting in Blantyre last week, he said such interactions help citizens to voice their concerns through a number of platforms that,…

Seek God’s guidance in national defence, APM tells MDF

  President Peter Mutharika has urged Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers to seek God’s guidance to succeed in protecting the country. Mutharika, who is Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, was speaking at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe yesterday when he attended MDF inter-denominational prayers. “Let me emphasise this point. If we want to succeed in life,…

Fisp in dire straits

  Smarting from scarcity or late delivery of inputs, a situation report paints a bleak picture of the 2016/ 2017 Fisp that it is dogged by low redemption of seed coupons, a development experts say threatens food security. According to a Logistics Unit 21st Situation Report released on January 24 2017, the redemption rate of…

Fisp woes worsen

  Beneficiaries of the 2016/2017 Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme (Fisp) say high prices are forcing them to sell their coupons as they lack money to redeem inputs, a Farmers Union of Malawi study has revealed. According to the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) Fisp Monitoring Report Number 3 based on a study conducted between December…