Tags: Maize

No prices set for Zambia maize

Failure by a government instituted committee to come up with a price at which Admarc should sell maize sourced from Zambia, is raising fears that the majority of the people will not afford the commodity as the cost of importing a 50 kg bag is already higher than the institution’s recommended selling price. Controller of…

NFRA calls for maize supply

The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is calling on companies and individuals who have local maize from 2013/2014 harvesting season to submit to express interest to sell the maize at a maximum of K95 000 per metric tonnes. According to the agency, the maize should meet the generic NFRA maize quality specifications and the offer…

Malawi’s food security improves—report

Malawi’s food security situation has generally improved due to this year’s harvest, which has resulted in lower prices for the staple crop on the market, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report for 2014. However, this is against the backdrop of a Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report, which indicated that an estimated…

Malawi seeks to cut post-harvest losses

The local agriculture industry says the country is still grappling with major post-harvest agriculture management challenges which are robbing the industry of its economic benefits. Experts say up to 20 percent of the country’s agriculture benefits are being lost through archaic agriculture handling and processing systems. Speaking in Lilongwe during a workshop on managing risk…

Grain Traders Association calls for export ban review

The Grain Traders and Processors Association of Malawi has called upon government to review its policies on export, saying adhoc bans are depriving the country of much needed forex and strangling export diversification. The association’s projects officer John Banda said in Lilongwe on Tuesday that some of the government policies have been contradictory citing the…

Malawi President Joyce Banda has asked the High Court to dismiss an injunction that effectively stopped her from distributing maize to underprivileged Malawians which was happening during the campaign period. Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) sought the injunction which was granted by the High Court in Blantyre, stopping the President from personally distributing public…

Strategic grain reserves empty

Malawi’s Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) are almost completely been drawn down calling for government to replenish the stocks through local purchases or importation in case of unforeseeable humanitarian needs. According to April 2014 Famine Early Warning System Network (Fewsnet), the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has almost no maize grain stocks in the SGR because…

Funwe seeds for high yields

Farmers in Lilongwe have been advised to use maize hybrids which are bred locally at Chitedze Research Station because they are adaptable to the local weather conditions. The advice was made by Funwe Farm Limited (FFL) marketing manager Wed Chipungu. As Funwe we have embarked on improving on varieties such as MH 26 and MH…

AHCX sees general supply drop of rice

Auction Holdings Commodities Exchange (AHCX)—a structured market for buyers and sellers of agricultural produce—said there is a general supply drop of rice, reflected in the price increases of the commodity on the parallel markets. At AHCX, a model based on a holistic and integrated approach in linking all of its business and support operations into…

Positive outlook pushes down maize prices

Maize prices eased by about 14 percent in February compared to the month before largely due to a positive crop outlook, availability of maize in Admarc markets and scaled-up humanitarian food distribution. This is good news because maize, the country’s staple grain, is the main driver of inflation—a sustained increase in the general price level…

JB rebuffs MHRC on maize

President Joyce Banda yesterday vowed to continue distributing maize to people despite concerns by human rights watchdogs, including the taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC). MHRC last week reported the President’s People’s Party (PP) to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, saying it has politicised maize distribution. “It raises the possibility of…

JB contradicts Mkwezalamba

Malawi President Joyce Banda yesterday contradicted her Minister of Finance Maxwell Mkwezalamba on use of proceeds from the sale of the presidential jet, maintaining the funds were used to buy maize. Responding to questions in Tiuzeni Zoona Programme aired on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) yesterday, the President maintained her earlier stand that the money was…