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Mchinji District Council Bans Maize Trade

Written by  manaonline.gov.mw Apr 20, 2017

Representatives of Mchinji District Council have issued a ban on vendors buying maize in the district until May 31, 2017.

This was approved during a full council meeting the district held where different sectors presented 2016-2017 quarterly reports, according to the Malawi News Agency.

During the meeting, representatives expressed concern that some people were taking advantage of farmers by stealing harvested maize in the fields to sell to the vendors who are buying at MK70 per kilogramme.

Councilor for Mkoma Ward in Mchinji West, Nathan Dhlamini said vendors should wait for the farmers to harvest in their fields to avoid the vice.

Dhlamini said most farmers sell their farm produce earlier without proper planning and do not reserve some for consumption.

He believes this is increasing malnutrition cases in the district.

Though the ministry of agriculture predicted a bumper harvest this year, farmers are still skeptical as many of them were hit by the army worms outbreak.

 According to the Civil Society Agricultural Network (CISANET), the worms affected the whole country.

Speaking in an interview with Capital FM, former National Director of the network, Tamani Nkhono Mvula stated that it is worrisome that government has done little to eliminate the outbreak.

 

Apart from Malawi, the worms also destroyed crops in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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