Malawi food crisis worsens: Mutharika declares state of disaster

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President Peter Mutharika yesterday declared Malawi a state of national disaster as most parts of the country continue to experience dry spells and floods which have diminished hopes of a bumper harvest at the end of the 2015/2016 growing season.

The unfavourable weather conditions which have been induced by El Nino will lead to a 12.4 percent decline in maize production compared to last year.

As a consequence, Mutharika has made the declaration to enable well-wishers to seek funds which will be used to support people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Has made the declaration.

The president has made the declaration in accordance with powers conferred upon in him by Section 32(1) of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, In a statement, Mutharika said the country will face a maize deficit of about 1,072,461 metric tonnes since the unfavourable weather conditions have resulted into severe crop failure across the country.

Due to the increased maize deficit, the president said it is expected that the number of people in need of food assistance in the 2016/2017 growing season will be higher than 3 million.

In order to avert the maize crisis, the ministry of agriculture has projected that Malawi will need 1,290,000mt to be used to re-stock grain reserves, to provide food relief, and to distribute in ADMARC depots.

Mutharika has since called on humanitarian organisations, individuals and the private sector to help government alleviate the suffering of people affected by the food shortage.

On its part, government will cash K21 billion from its drought insurance policy to start off the relief process and will use its remaining part of food items to distribute to the affected people.

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  3. too late, we’ve known for a long time that this was a disaster. that’s why we tried alternatives like getting Zambian maize flour. are you saying you’ve only realised recently Mr President?

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    During a Prophetic Miracle Service which was held on 3rd April, 2016 on sunday afternoon at Kuseli Kulinji Hall hosted by Pastor Joseph Khonje of Raise a Nation Church in Blantyre, Malawi. Prophet willy munyeta was a guest minister of this event from Zambia.

    According to reports and eye witness states that Prophet Munyeta prophesied to all the people which were in attendance and conducted some deliverances.

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    Prophet Munyeta further encouraged the people in attendance to embrace agriculture sector by implementing irrigation system to enhance the production of food throughout the year and seasons in the country.

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  8. This president is a dunderhead, there’s a lot of fresh lake water in Malawi and which is near a lot o alluvial fertile soils and yet the president can’t think about irrigation. Mr Ibu wake up up from your deep slumber. what type of a president do we have in Malawi????? Shame.

  9. Zakuba sizimasowa., mulungu wakumwamba amadana ndi anthu akuba komaso okakamira ma udindo woti siwawo Mulungu akukantheni anthu aDpp inu pamodzi ndi Maxon Mbendela yemwe anagulitsa dziko lathu la malawi pamtengo otchipa ngati Yudasi.
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  10. paja mumati dpp imathetsa njala.ndiimeneyitu. vuto la amalawife ndirakuti ngati njala yatha timayamba kutama nzeru za munthu. do we remember what happened during bingu era? we praised that guy as if he was our God. pano ndi izi

  11. Nice speach Mr President, but let u encourage people to do irrigation farming and u have make sure that agriculture inquipment are better price. as u know know better life begin when Majority are eating enough food, and the rest come after.

  12. That thing that makes me hate him is by pocketing all the China and UK aid donations. Because there’s no difference of receiving that aid or not to the needy. Farming inputs all expensive, shortage of maize in admarc. So greedy.

  13. Mulungu wakwiya ndi ulamuliro wako okanikawo!!!!!!!!! Vuto dziko walitenga ngati banja lako pitala! Mbambadiiiii anthu chaka chino tikutha psitiiiiii ndi njala……Pitala pitalaaaa wamuyika malawi pamoto!!!!!!!!

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