By Charles Banda:
One of Central Poultry (CP) Company Limited branches CP Feeds risks losing its trading license if it continues violating trading conditions and guidelines given to them by Ministry of Trade.
This follows continued outcry of local smallholder chicken farmer that CP Fees continue to monopolize chicken market in Malawi.
Minister of Trade Sosten Gwengwe told The Atlas Malawi that the company has been warned against monopolizing of the market, which is against the trading licence it owns.
“Officials from my ministry, director of trade in particular, have been engaging CP Feeds over these issues. We told them clearly that our ministry does not issue hybrid licenses and therefore we can’t allow them trade as both wholesaler and retailer. We told them to stick to wholesale trading”, said Gwengwe.
These engagement meetings between Ministry of Trade and CP Feeds, according to Gwengwe, were aimed at cleaning up the mess affecting poultry market in Malawi and also devising strategies on how both wholesale and retail farmers can make profits from poultry production.
Therefore, as one way of ensuring that all players in the poultry production make profits, Ministry of Trade advised CP Feeds to comply with their trading license which clearly stipulates that they shall trade as wholesalers.
“We advised them to have distributing wholesale points across the country where local business men will buy from for retail selling on market. What we don’t want is for them to be everywhere across the country because that’s what is killing local businesses”, he stated.
CP Feeds, according to small holder chicken farmers we have spoken with, seems not ready to let go of the chicken market monopoly. They are still undermining trading conditions given to them by the Ministry of Trade by continuing to flood local markers with their Lorries as retail chickens vendors.
But Gwegwe told The Atlas Malawi it is worrisome CP Feeds are defying his orders to respect the company’s trading license saying his ministry will have no choice but revoke their license if they continue violating it.
“We will revoke their license if they continue defying my orders,” Gwengwe.
He adds: “We also asked them to build capacity of these local farmers on how they can be making chicken feeds by themselves. We don’t want to have a situation where we the market will not have enough chickens”.