The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has warned some local and foreign traders to follow applicable laws and regulations when purchasing agricultural commodities.
This comes against the background that some local and foreign traders are purchasing agricultural commodities without farm produce trading licenses.
According to a press release made available to the Malawi News Agency by the Secretary For Agriculture, Irrigation And Water Development, Nyandule Phiri and Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Ken Ndala foreigners are conniving with non-patriotic citizens to engage in farm produce trading without following proper procedures and requirements.
“The Government wishes to remind all concerned that according to the existing laws all foreigners engaging in farm produce trading should comply with the regulations and statutes.
“These people should have a business resident permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Business Registration Certificate from the Registrar General, Business license from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Farm Produce Trading license from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.
“And also all traders wishing to export agriculture commodities are required to apply for an export license from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism,” reads the release.
According to the release Government wishes to inform the general public that no farm produce trading licenses have been issued to traders this season.
“It is therefore, illegal and unacceptable for any trader to buy and sell farm produce without meeting the requirements above,” the release further reads.
The press release has since advised that the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development; the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Malawi Police Services and all other relevant authorities would strictly enforce adherence to all applicable laws and regulations governing farm produce trading in the country and prosecute all offenders in accordance to the existing laws of Malawi.