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Agriculture

Tobacco farmers irked by returned tobacco

By Vincent Khonje-Malawi News Agency Tobacco farmers at Kasungu's Chinkhoma Auction floors have expressed concern over high tobacco rejection rate. This year's tobacco season has for the first time seen even tobacco farmers under contract farming having their tobacco returned to growers too. One of the farmers from Loyce Nyirongo from Makanda Village in Traditional Authority Mwase in Kasungu said he worked hard the whole year under contract farming only to find out that some bales have been returned. "I have made a loss as four bales out of 13 have been returned to me. I will get the bales and may be use as manure, what else can I do with them?" querried Nyirongo. Another farmer Makanda Phiri from the same Traditional Authority Mwase said he has nowhere to take the returned...
Agriculture, National News, Politics

Govt bemoans High Taxes in Tobacco Industry

By Our Reporter Government has said time has come for taxes especially those that are being borne by farmers within the tobacco industry to be reveiwed for the benefit of smallholder farmers. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Agness Nkusa Nkhoma, M.P, said this when she visited Lilongwe Auction floors on Thursday, 30th July 2020 to check on the progress of the Tobacco marketing season. “Despite the good prices that the tobacco is being sold at the market, farmers are being taxed too much. This is a policy that government needs to review so that farmers should benefit more,” said Nkusa Nkhoma. The Minister said that she was impressed with the progress the Tobacco market is making and the prices at which the tobacco is being sold in the wake of the Covid-19 pa...
Over 3.5 million smallholder farmers targeted in provisional budget
Agriculture, National News

Over 3.5 million smallholder farmers targeted in provisional budget

By Manasse Nyirenda-MANA: New Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu has announced that 3.5 million smallholder farmers will benefit from the new government subsidised fertilizer programme in the 2020 to 2021 financial year. He made the announcement when he presented a provisional budget totalling K722.4billion which parliament subsequently adopted to fund government operations from July to October, 2020. He said each farmer would be able allowed to buy at least two bags of fertilizers at K4,495.00 per bag in the 2020 to 2021 financial year. Asked on how the government would be able to fund the fertilizer subsidy in midst of dwindling revenue collection, the Minister said government would prioritise the subsidy because it would benefit many Malawians. “We are making some savings ...
Agriculture

UN Habitat to support urban resilience in Zomba city

By Chimwemwe Njoloma-MANA The UN Habitat has launched a project aimed at building urban climate resilience in South -Eastern Africa countries including Malawi to mitigate impacts of natural hazards. Delivering his remarks on the virtual launch of the project recently, UN Habitat Deputy Executive Victor Kisob expressed gratitude to the Adaptation Fund (AF) and to the governments of Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros for their dedicated involvement in the project. Kisob said joint dedication to ensuring practical and replicable results will guarantee the achievement of transformative change and positive impact for the communities involved. "South-East Africa is an area that is highly exposed to extreme events such as cyclones, floods, and droughts. To make m...