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Malawi Mango Business Going Sour

Written by  Written by Earlene CHIMOYO in Blantyre Nov 28, 2016

The management of fruit processor Malawi Mangoes is dismissing reports that its investors are pulling out.

The Salima based company is the first large scale commercial fruit farming and processing enterprise and was established in 2009.

It is a value based agro-processing business entity, working with local communities in the district to grow and process fruit using modern processing machines.

But recent reports had indicated that over a hundred people are to be laid off from the company which is, allegedly, on the verge of winding up.

Executive Vice President of Malawi Mangoes said, “No, the company is not closing, we have changed strategy, so we laying off other people”.

Wilson Gondwe disclosed that the new strategy involved a change in fruit focus from bananas to mangoes.

 The company has mainly been processing bananas which were being grown in Salima district.

“We have stopped bananas which are labour intensive, so we have moved to mangoes hence we don’t need a lot of people so we have thinned out the labor force” Gondwe added.

The development is also coming at a time the country is also faced with economic challenges which are affecting a majority in the private sector.

The fruit processing company has not been spared as the current turbulent economic environment was attributed as one of the main reasons for downsizing.

Gondwe adds that they also lying off some of the staff because financially they are not making money and their fields were hit with high levels of theft.

He could however not give details on the number of employees that are to be fired.

 

The mango fruit grown for commercial practices requires less inputs to reach point of harvest, unlike banana’s that require a lot, from fertilizer to labour force to frequently monitor the crops.

Last modified on Monday, 28 November 2016 09:47

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