Malawi Hunger: Situation blamed on government’s negligence

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The Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has blamed Malawi government for its lack of commitment in motivating maize farmers, saying the lack of seriousness may prolong hunger in the country.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, FUM President Alfred Banda said it is worrisome to learn that government is still failing to inspire maize farmers who are equally crucial to the economy of this country.

Alfred Kapichira Banda

Kapichira Banda; The situation is being neglected.

He said government claims to be promoting farming in the country when in essence nothing is being done on the ground.

“In fact, I don’t know if we have a ministry responsible for agriculture in the country. Because had it been that we have it we wouldn’t have been complaining of hunger by now,” said Banda.

He went on to trash government for only focusing on tobacco farmers with the view that it is the country’s green gold saying the mindset will retard development in the country for ages.

“Much as tobacco farming is good but that must not let government forget that maize is the most important crop in our country because apart from being staple food, if taken seriously it can help to boost the economy in the country,” he said.

When asked on how government can motivate maize farmers, he said there is need for consultations on the matter. He added that government must consider asking farmers what they need to be motivated.

However, farmers whom Malawi24 consulted on the matter emphasized that government through the Agriculture Development and Marketing Cooperation (ADMARC) must consider asking farmers first before setting prices for the farmers’ produce.

The farmers said they stopped growing maize for commercial purposes because they usually spend more on inputs and get low profits especially when they sell their maize to ADMARC.

“Maize is very simple to cultivate than any other crop but since ADMARC has discouraged us on prices, we now grow the crop for consumption only. In the past at least things were better but not this time,” said Jeremiah Mkandawire in Rumphi.

When asked to comment on the matter, minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development Allan Chiyembekeza promised that his ministry will look into the concerns and respond quickly saying government is willing to do whatever it can to eradicate hunger in the country.

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  1. Stupid Malawians,always blaming the govt 4 everything.Always wanting the govt to do everything 4 them.Mukachita kamatila kumalephera kunyela,you blame the govt again.Mbuzi za anthu.

  2. Stupid Malawians,always blaming the govt 4 everything.Always wanting the govt to do everything 4 them.Mukachita kamatila kumalephera kunyela,you blame the govt again.Mbuzi za anthu.

  3. Apa Tikamati Njala, Ndizoona Kma Tisaiwale Kuti Mu 2013 2014 Kunaliso Njala, 50kg Yachimanga Linafika Pa K10,000 Kma Chifukwa Choti Mtsogoleli Amene Analipo Nthawi Imeneyo, Anati Ngati Mavenda Munaoda Chimanga Nkumati Mudzagulitse AMalawi, Kuyambila Lero Thumba La 50kg K4000 Ndipo Zinatheka Kutsika Chimanga,mwa Dimac Chimanga Chimapezeka Palipose, Kma Lero Chimanga 50kg K15000 Kodi Apa Wazelu Ndindani. Chimanga Chikusowa Palipose Nanga Pamenepa Titani?

  4. Apa Tikamati Njala, Ndizoona Kma Tisaiwale Kuti Mu 2013 2014 Kunaliso Njala, 50kg Yachimanga Linafika Pa K10,000 Kma Chifukwa Choti Mtsogoleli Amene Analipo Nthawi Imeneyo, Anati Ngati Mavenda Munaoda Chimanga Nkumati Mudzagulitse AMalawi, Kuyambila Lero Thumba La 50kg K4000 Ndipo Zinatheka Kutsika Chimanga,mwa Dimac Chimanga Chimapezeka Palipose, Kma Lero Chimanga 50kg K15000 Kodi Apa Wazelu Ndindani. Chimanga Chikusowa Palipose Nanga Pamenepa Titani?

  5. There is too much politics in Malawi. We must give ideas to solve the ploblems not critising each other instead of sharing constructive ideas to help in this bad time. why can’t u talk of irrigation farming? mungodandaula za chimanga kodi Amalawi anzanga chakudya ndi nsima basi? tatiyeni tiyese kusintha osamangoti tsiku lilonse nsima. tiri ndi zambiri zoti nkumadya nsima yachinangwa, mbatata kungotchula zotchepa. boma lithandize alimi ndi ma water pump a petrol osati mapampu apalasawa ayi.

  6. There is too much politics in Malawi. We must give ideas to solve the ploblems not critising each other instead of sharing constructive ideas to help in this bad time. why can’t u talk of irrigation farming? mungodandaula za chimanga kodi Amalawi anzanga chakudya ndi nsima basi? tatiyeni tiyese kusintha osamangoti tsiku lilonse nsima. tiri ndi zambiri zoti nkumadya nsima yachinangwa, mbatata kungotchula zotchepa. boma lithandize alimi ndi ma water pump a petrol osati mapampu apalasawa ayi.

  7. There is too much politics in Malawi. We must give ideas to solve the ploblems not critising each other instead of sharing constructive ideas to help in this bad time. why can’t u talk of irrigation farming? mungodandaula za chimanga kodi Amalawi anzanga chakudya ndi nsima basi? tatiyeni tiyese kusintha osamangoti tsiku lilonse nsima. tiri ndi zambiri zoti nkumadya nsima yachinangwa, mbatata kungotchula zotchepa. boma lithandize alimi ndi ma water pump a petrol osati mapampu apalasawa ayi.

  8. Nonsese we can do irrigation farming in malawi evrywhere as long as the goverment can supply equipment nd rich out goals bt lack of gud readership nd u cant say the goverment dont ve mny only that all the mny is jst goin into their accounts while the pple ar dying wen ther tym wil fnish the nxt president wil do the same. Malawi peace country but hungry peaple shame on us

  9. Very few household benefit from food aid in malawi during this period.Only kamuzu Banda would allocate food to all household.Malawians stand up for urself ths moments.

  10. Very few household benefit from food aid in malawi during this period.Only kamuzu Banda would allocate food to all household.Malawians stand up for urself ths moments.

  11. The one who is in power is the one to be blemed as far as hanger is corncen,, Gvnt must deduct the prices of every thing so that people must not die bcz of hunger,.

  12. The one who is in power is the one to be blemed as far as hanger is corncen,, Gvnt must deduct the prices of every thing so that people must not die bcz of hunger,.

  13. pp inatenga dziko bingu ataononga kale desoite cash gate mitengo ya chimanga fertiliser bread suger etc wer fair.. come ddp government again pano thumba la chimanga lili pa bwanji, nanga sugar , nanga fertilizer nanga salary inakwera… the government is to blame kumene coz they promised kuti azatsitsa mtengo w zinthu but no shit is changing

  14. Let APM alone,its high time we need to kneel on our knees en ask God to forgive us that woman who ruled by chance misused everytin.God bless Malawi.

  15. Even if ur dad can be de next president pipo will blame him for what ever happening so ndimene zilili mavuto adayamba kale mu dziko muno ndipo mtsogoleri aliyese angabwere azawapeza basi…vuto ndi dziko lomwe tinabadwira guys..

  16. Ask Zambia how they running their country no hunger, Malawi leaders r always happy during hunger tyms as they get more donors cash n the cash ends into their untidy jackets. U got millions v kwachas from Egypt n soon u get millions from China but where’s the food?

  17. I like what Henry Kachanje is advocating for irrigation, God gave us water through our lakes and rivers but we are failing to feed ourselves,so sad that it has come to this Malawi.

  18. Can peter make a rain in dis country? Is he God? Sometimes we must to think. If uwant to blame, blame God coz is de one who makes floads.

  19. Can peter make a rain in dis country? Is he God? Sometimes we must to think. If uwant to blame, blame God coz is de one who makes floads.

  20. Can peter make a rain in dis country? Is he God? Sometimes we must to think. If uwant to blame, blame God coz is de one who makes floads.

  21. Can peter make a rain in dis country? Is he God? Sometimes we must to think. If uwant to blame, blame God coz is de one who makes floads.

  22. Koma abale kumakhala kupanda nzeru chani how come to say malawi hunger stuation blames on malawi goverment no baba dont blame anyone lets just sit down and find the solutions

  23. Koma abale kumakhala kupanda nzeru chani how come to say malawi hunger stuation blames on malawi goverment no baba dont blame anyone lets just sit down and find the solutions

  24. Dziko la malawi kulibe nsogoleli yemwe angazapange zabwino. Iwe peter tikukupasa two weeks uganize bwino ukapana kutelo uona zosatila zake, chifukwa ndikuona ngat masiku akuthela koposa umusate mbele wako uja.

  25. Dziko la malawi kulibe nsogoleli yemwe angazapange zabwino. Iwe peter tikukupasa two weeks uganize bwino ukapana kutelo uona zosatila zake, chifukwa ndikuona ngat masiku akuthela koposa umusate mbele wako uja.

  26. TIFUNA KUDYA!! Chimanga bwanji kusowa mu ma ADMARK? Njalayi itidanitsa ndi anthu, komamomwe zililimu tinganene kt kukoza ndimitengo? Enanu mungoti mitengo nanga mitengo ingalimbe bwanji poti chilichose chikufuna mitengo? Kuyambira moto, nyumba ndi zina zambiri, ndiye all over ku khale magesi mwina, apa plan ioneke tidye tiwone zamusogolo.

  27. ntchito ya mtsongoreli ndi kupeza ndi kufufuza njila zothesela bvutolo.apeze njira kt chimanga chipezeke mdziko.maprogramme analipo aphwanyike ndikupeza chimanga chokwanila dzikolo.nduna ndi uyeyo sakukambilana bwanji za bvutili?apa pakuonekatu bambo mulibemo mdzuko

  28. u r wrong bro #phillimon leadership had nothing to do with flouds and low rainfall that affected most areas in malawi. this is the madness of malawi, we always blame others wen something is nt rit. #my_point_of_view, tonse a malawi we need to be blamed coz we r carelesslly using trees in this way or the other

    • Man,mwaiwaliratu kuti dzulo lija munkati Bingu ndi Mose wathesa njala?Mwadziwano lero kuti ndi Mulungu yekha amasintha nyengo malingana ndi chifuniro chake?Mukutinso tawononga mitengo nchifukwa tikukumana ndi mavutowa,kodi pamene a Malawi adakolola kwambiri,mitengoyi idalipo koposa panopa?

    • Man,mwaiwaliratu kuti dzulo lija munkati Bingu ndi Mose wathesa njala?Mwadziwano lero kuti ndi Mulungu yekha amasintha nyengo malingana ndi chifuniro chake?Mukutinso tawononga mitengo nchifukwa tikukumana ndi mavutowa,kodi pamene a Malawi adakolola kwambiri,mitengoyi idalipo koposa panopa?

    • Man,mwaiwaliratu kuti dzulo lija munkati Bingu ndi Mose wathesa njala?Mwadziwano lero kuti ndi Mulungu yekha amasintha nyengo malingana ndi chifuniro chake?Mukutinso tawononga mitengo nchifukwa tikukumana ndi mavutowa,kodi pamene a Malawi adakolola kwambiri,mitengoyi idalipo koposa panopa?

    • kkkk #readson zinthuzi zimayenda limodzi, yes ndine kristu and i believe mulungu ndamene amagwetsa mvura but in the other hand ndinaphuziraxo kt mitengo helps in the formation of clouds that brings rainfall. so its either ways, it may b kut we pple hv sinned and God is punishing us or tagwetsa mitengo yambiri and the climate has changed.

    • Sizokazo man awaso amakhala mbari mwa madzi kunsanjewa awa amati mvula ikatha amabwerera ndicholinga choti season inayo boma lizawathandizaso mmalo moti ndalamazo apangire zina zaphindu, kkkkkkk pano akuwachenjezeza koma sakumva nde azizati tikuvutika aboma atithandize kkkkkkkkk

    • but if we are not using trees what else can a local malawian n i use?,i sense infirmities from you and your politicians,I thought you would first instal electricity every where including our villages across the country and make them reliable n affordable and after that; go back to the villagers with your advise.unles we do that deforestratn wil be our forever song.

    • so what should we do? #martin, should we go to the state house and kill the president and then every house will have electicity and people will stop cutting down trees, no, every malawian gotta work hard to make it in life. eg thumba lamakara panopa nd k2500 komano mwezi umodzi timaphikira 3 bags which is k7500, ndeno ukundiwuza kt kuphikira kokha ndingaphikire k7500 pamagetsi? hero no. komano apapa kudzara mitengo mmene yadulidwa dats de only solution

    • so what should we do? #martin, should we go to the state house and kill the president and then every house will have electicity and people will stop cutting down trees, no, every malawian gotta work hard to make it in life. eg thumba lamakara panopa nd k2500 komano mwezi umodzi timaphikira 3 bags which is k7500, ndeno ukundiwuza kt kuphikira kokha ndingaphikire k7500 pamagetsi? hero no. komano apapa kudzara mitengo mmene yadulidwa dats de only solution

  29. Peter ndi mbuzi,chilima ndi mbuzi,minister of agriculture ndi mbuzi!amanamiza anthu kuti kulibe njala nanga bwanji anthu akusowa chimanga ku admarc??uchitsilu sagawana apa anthu akuyendetsa boma alemphela 0 pa 12