Revealed: Malawi has most expensive maize in Southern Africa

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50kg bag selling at K15,000

50kg bag selling at K15,000

Following a disruption in water cycle which delayed the rains during the current and previous rainy seasons, Malawians should prepare themselves for hard times as prices of maize have gone alarmingly high.

The World Food Programme made Malawi one of its areas of concerns in Africa, saying the El Niño weather pattern which has affected the country has largely contributed to failure of the crop to grow normally.   

Prices of the country’s staple food have tripled with consumers queuing for small quantities of maize at Admarc depots. Malawians are also paying high prices for a 50kg bag of maize.

Malawi24 has learnt that a 50kg bag of maize is being sold at K10,000 in some areas but there are fears that the price may increase. Others have predicted that the price of a 50kg bag will soon be as high as K20,000 considering that it will take time for people to harvest.

Minister of Agriculture Dr Allan Chiyembekeza last week advised Malawians to reduce the quantity of food they eat per meal if they are to sustain the little maize they have. He admitted that things are hard in as far as food security is concerned.

In most areas of the country, the crop is slightly above its initial stages and will increase the period between planting and harvesting. The rural masses are the worst affected with high costs of maize since they can hardly afford a tin.

Malawi hunger food crisis

Maize prices up.

Other countries in the region have not been spared the food scarcity since the El Niño weather pattern has affected a greater part of southern Africa. The point of distinction between other countries and Malawi is that in other countries prices are fair.

However, the government has come under fire for doing little in preparing for tough times that lie ahead. Lilongwe learned earlier about the weather pattern which provided it with ample time to prepare for the worst experience. Malawians therefore should pray for divine intervention as they cross the bridge.

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  1. Boma lidali lakamuzu amapita kuadmark konko nkukapeleka ndalama, anthu mkumagula motchipa or suger amapita ku illovo komko mkukapeleka ndalama ife mkumagula suger otchipa osati lelo kadziwa mwini mkhuto wa fulu

  2. Boma lidali lakamuzu amapita kuadmark konko nkukapeleka ndalama, anthu mkumagula motchipa or suger amapita ku illovo komko mkukapeleka ndalama ife mkumagula suger otchipa osati lelo kadziwa mwini mkhuto wa fulu

  3. Kamuzu ndi Bingu anali okonda anthu chifukwa akauziwa uphawi awa anachoka 1960 kupita ku america bingu anauza ma vender kuti chimanga chisapitirire mtengo uwu a police tikaona akumanga anthu koma a name athuwa kuli ziiiiuiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!ปปปปป

  4. It’s shocking that people have no maize for food while the maize itself is being worn on their party t-shirts as an emblem….. I guess the emblem is not fit for the purpose as it portrays an opposite image

  5. Mr president may you please hear how people crying and considerate because hunger is our enemy you can’t go to the garden with empty stomach

  6. Kunali achimwene anu kuno anali #amakani koma #chakudya chinkapezeka……….koma inu muli ndi makani opanda phindu chonsecho sichina ayi mukulamulira dziko lomwe ufulu wake momwe unapezekera simukudziwa……….mwangobwera kudzangokolora pomwe simunalime…………..spare yo theatrics n’ start actionz. Ma elections sikale mudzabelanso…..

  7. Kunali achimwene anu kuno anali #amakani koma #chakudya chinkapezeka……….koma inu muli ndi makani opanda phindu chonsecho sichina ayi mukulamulira dziko lomwe ufulu wake momwe unapezekera simukudziwa……….mwangobwera kudzangokolora pomwe simunalime…………..spare yo theatrics n’ start actionz. Ma elections sikale mudzabelanso…..

  8. Kumeneko ndiye kupepera ndimayesa mukawelenga baibulo imafotokoza kuti mukazaona njala dziwani kuti mamuna wa ntanda alipafupi tsopano analemba baibulo ndi a DPP

    • Mr please when did u last go to malawi kumuzi zinthu sizili bwino anthu akufa ndi njala kumuzi. Bag la fertilizer anthu akulephela ku gula choyamba apa asitse mtengo wa fertilizer. Akungula tikugula mo dula bvulaso wosabwela bwino plus labour tiyeni tidyepo. Bwana kodi zeru zinja za kale zinavuta pati chifukwa ma admark alipondinthu koma anthu wogwira ntchito palibe malo ndi amasiye amabwela anthu nthawi yokolora basi ati kuzagula mbeu bwanji anthuwa wosathandiza nthawi yolima. Apatu nzeru zikuchepa bwana

  9. Ambwiye feteleza wadula kwambiri, how can you expect to sell maize at Mk70/kg when a bag of UREA of 48 kgs bag is selling at Mk23,000

  10. Paja anati akufuna new sarary apite ku ngo.pano muti tizidya kamozi pasiku kkkkkkk malawi walero bola zana timalandila chimanga cha kenya njala ikavuta pano muti tachulukana tizidya kamozi kkkkk koma ndi prison ya pamyumba pokhala pako pomwe.bola zana not zulo or lero

  11. As a! aaaaa mwati #sugar mk 700? Iya aaa ndizingokhala konkuno kuliyenda chifukwa ndikabwera ndidzanchotsa uyo! ali pampandoyo.

  12. Better during the leadership of presdent Joyce, coz maize waz abit easy to access on the market dispite the fact that cash gate waz on the high note. This is a clear indication of maladmistration by Mr. President & their cabinet.

  13. Vuto ndi matha zimafunika ziontsero mmene mumampangira bingu muja uyunso bwezi akuopa koma tizingotukwana apa sangamve peter mustfall zionetsero is asolution

  14. tell me who is the president of MALAWI ?If malawi has a president is he able to ayez the maizeprice0n the market? Where is the socalled consumer asociation of malawi ? I remember one time during the first wamuthalika could control the price of this comodity knowing is ensential for the commoners ,so lwonder to day the NGOs of today are busy preaching about mathanyula why?

  15. But the American Professor doesn’t eat nsima. He doesn’t care one hoot what the price of maize is. We can whine and cry all we want ’til we turn blue, he won’t get moved.

  16. We have no government here in Malawi , we don’t have a leader anymore, Boma lodzindikira limachepensa ntengo was chakudya kuti anthu adzikwanisa kugula, apapa bread its k350, sugar k700 ,ikakhal salary ndiye ndi yomweija anasiya kamudzu ija, mwina mukufuna anthu afe ndi njala eti?

  17. kodi ndizoona kuti mu lomwe belt ma admarc chimanga kutapa kutaya, ndipo akugula m’mene munthu angafunile? kwathu kuno munthu admarc akatseka ali pamzele paciwili, ndiye kuti akhale pomwepo kuti adzagule pa cisanu. mmmm, mwana wa mtonga m’chigumbuli.

  18. Kkkkkkk paka mk20,000 izi zikusonyeza chani amalawi ? Mumati paja amai Banda alephera koma tisankhe munthu wamamuna lero bwanji ?chosava adachipikira masamba ,tiyeni nazoni simunati bola ife tinathawira mchire ndi mayi wanthu wanthu wachifundo mulera ana tizakupezani ambuye akazalora ,

  19. Kkkkkkk paka mk20,000 izi zikusonyeza chani amalawi ? Mumati paja amai Banda alephera koma tisankhe munthu wamamuna lero bwanji ?chosava adachipikira masamba ,tiyeni nazoni simunati bola ife tinathawira mchire ndi mayi wanthu wanthu wachifundo mulera ana tizakupezani ambuye akazalora ,

    • akale sanunkha mr! what is so special about her currently?…all malawians regardless of politics are crying, whether dpp,mcp,pp,udf…where is her love now?…kodi azitikonda akakhala m’boma basi?…by the way where is she now and think of her supporters!…it is just amatter of telling the govt what to do if they deserve to…

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