Chaponda defends maize price

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The Malawi minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development has defended the maize price set by government arguing that it is justifiable considering prices in the Southern part of Africa.

Appearing before the joint Parliamentary committee of public accounts and on agriculture, minister George Chaponda disclosed that the price of K12, 500 per bag of 50 kilograms (Kgs) was a reflection of maize prices in the Southern of Africa.

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Chaponda: Comes in defence of hiked maize price.

Chaponda disclosed that the high price was due to “supply and demand” factor arguing that other countries were also sourcing the maize in Zambia.

The minister told the committee that “maize price index” for Southern Africa is far much high in the region. He told the joint committee that he “has the index” that shows records of maize price for the southern part.

Chaponda added that Malawi had no choice than to procure the maize on the high price arguing that “the house was burning” hence a need at any cost to buy maize.

Different stakeholders have been faulting government arguing that the price for the staple grains was high for a starving poor Malawian.

However, government maintained that price was meant to help Admarc recover loan borrowed from PTA bank.

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  1. A sowe kape ameneyo. Vuto la pa Malawi to mum as an Khulna mitundu. Ndi izi tikumayika mbava patsogolo, pongotengera mlomwe wakwathu. Zisiyike zimenezo. Sitikudyatu chilomwe APA, dzulo ndi ilo likudilizika tikulionalo .

  2. Ndili ndimanyazi. Akumuzi bwanji??? Chikukuvutani ndi chani? Inu ndi amalumewo pakufunika mulape ndikubadwanso mwasopano eeee born again muzakhala nacho Chikondi.

  3. Whoever funded this so called parliamentary committee, ndi Mbuzi, if he had nothing to do with the money, could just ask which schools in malawi have no enough toilets, maybe that could have helped than kufuna Kamlepo, Chidazi kapena Chidanti.
    These guys have just worsted our precious time, thay have no issue but romours, they rely on useless Chishimba, fools.
    Chaponda has shown then that being at YALE university, was not a fluke, those guys are useless, their report will be rubish.
    Ma allowance mwadya komaliza you helpless creatures.

  4. Koma mbanva imadziwa kulankhula koma nanga pta bank inakapeleka ndalama ku zcf iwowa yawo panalibepo ndizoona ndalama zcf sinalandile nanga mtengo wokweza wokhawo cholinga chawo chinali chani Amalawi dziwani kuti akuwoneka oyera awa chifukwa pta sinapeleke ndalama koma ndi ma paper anapangila clear chimanga anja mukudziwa kumene amakathera ,tsegulani maso anu

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  6. Ku malawi too much following the crowd, chfukwa cha kt ku kamaiko ena akugulisa choncho ndiye kt inunso? Without considerin the prevailin local conditions..achaponda udokotala wanu munakaphunxira kt? We make decisions basin on wat z availabo..andale akumalawi umbuli u cant thnk in a progressiv way..

  7. koma a chaponda musapitilize kuipisa mbiri ya mtundu wa alomwe analipo anzanu anzeru sanafike pamenepo tangotulana udindo mukapume mwagwira ntchito kwakwana anzeru si inu nokha ai

  8. guys lets be honest some times sibwino kumangolalata,there is a reason behind that,this has made the maize to be stable in malawi,failed are those who stole food for ending hunger sseason

  9. Why should we be compared to the Southern African region when it comes to costs of commodities when we do not hike our pay package to compare with our Southern African region? We are the least paid.

  10. Chaponda ukazafa thupi lako tizapatsila mbalame zidye!! Instead of admitting tht u r wrong and keep quiet u r still adding salt on wound by keeping on speaking tough to the poor citizens who r sleeping with empty stomach bcoz of u!!