Govt adamant on maize ban

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Despite Malawi having excess maize following a bumper harvest in the 2016/17 farming season, government has said that no maize should be exported outside the country.

Malawi government has urged all maize traders to sell their maize to Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC).

Maganga says govt will lift the ban after it has reserved enough maize.

In a statement issued by Ministry of Agriculture and signed by its principal secretary Erica Maganga, government has said it will only lift the ban on maize export after it has reserved enough maize for Malawians.

“The Government wishes to announce that with immediate effect the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) and the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) will purchase maize from all traders.

“It is further announced that maize exports will only be allowed after the NFRA has purchased enough maize to satisfy the Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) requirement,” reads the statement.

Maize in the country is abundant which is triggering fears of low prices on the market.

Due to high supply on the market, it is likely that buyers will have an advantage of bidding for lower prices making farmers losers at the end.

Some quarters have been urging government to lift the ban on maize export so that they should sell their grain at good prices outside the country.

Earlier this year President Peter Mutharika deployed Malawi Defence Soldiers (MDF) to guard the entry points of the country so that crops such as maize should not be smuggled outside of the country.

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  1. I don’t blame government’s decision to ban exporting maize but what is it doing to help poor farmers who struggle to get expensive inputs and yet the surplus can’t find the market otherwise next year there will be no enough otherwise farmers would be frustrated

  2. Koma it’s stealing srsly this is stealing.total stealing.am telling you chaka cha mawa kuli njala. Mmlimi ndi amene amalima.anthu town mu salima. Now buying the maize at mk65/kg.next year Mimi yemweyo no zipangizo.

    Reinforce at least 170/kg.koma 65/kg this is total stealing.and demotivating for alimi kulima chimanga.

  3. zandinyasa chifukwa ndine mlimi mwanyanya kutipondeleza nduna za boma,mp,osusa,mabungwe ndinu mbuzi agalu simumaliziwa khasu mwalongeza basi chimanga kwezani mitengo,kapena sisani feteleza zausilu basi.

  4. This shows that all people in the government are not on helping farmers but killing them. How will the farmer find inputs for this coming season if vendors are buy at K50/kg. Kuzakhala njala chaka chamawa. Boma kulephela kuganiza mwanzelu

  5. Zmene likunena boma ndzokhumudwitsa mntundu onse wamalawi chifukwa kutsika kwachimanga talephelanso ugula feteleza ndiye boma mkumalengeza zot osatulutsa chimanga kunja?aaaaaa tionana 2019

  6. If they can buy us K170/kg & to enforce all buyers to buy it for a minimum of that amount no problem but k65/kg it’s broad day robbery & we can’t afford to buy farm inputs for next season hence famine again

  7. pepani,the price is controlled by demand and supply, last year despite the ban the price of maize was so exorbitant,farmers earned a lot of money, now its for the buyers to smile.

  8. Kodi inu, mukufuna kundiuza kuti nosenu kumenekoko mwalephera kupanga nzeru yoti alimi asangalale pogulidwa chimanga ndi mitengo yabwino? tiona chaka cha mawa ngati tilimeso chimangachi mwava? mtengo wa fertilizer mukuwudziwa? mwakhutakhutano mmipandomo muli,”chimanga chisatuluke”don’t you know kulima nkowawa? sindikusankha chipani nosenu mumakakumana ku nyumba ya malamulo’ Agalu,Abimbiri,Akhakhakha Azolo otulukila ku m’buli.Inu mukuona ngati anthu angapande kugulitsa chimanga? Ntchito koma kumangokangana zopanda pake kufuna utsogoleri nthawi yanu isanakwane basi mmalo mothandizana nzeru, koma kutsutsa ndi kuvomereza zopanda nzeru kumenekoko zandinyasa chifukwa inu simulima ndikatelo ndaima.

    • bomatu ndimbava yayikulu yakuba ndi mfuti.nanu alimi siaja mumazuka 2:00 am kukaika anthu opanda mzeru mumipando.ulimi wachimanga ndikuzipanga wekha kapolo wodyesa anthu wopeza bwino.tangolimani kachimanga kokwanira banja lanu.then invest other resources in other profitable ventures.boma lidzazindikira kufunika kwa mulimi wachimanga

  9. They Can not say anything until they (ministers,mps & those in government) finishes buying 4rm us farmers at K2,500 pr 50 kg bag, Then they will lift the ban so that they can sell the same 50kg bag at k18,000 abroad.

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