FAO links smallholder farmers with agro-processors in maiden market symposium

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized the first ever market symposium in Malawi aimed at providing a platform for farmers’ organizations to interface with other value chain players including buyers, processors and input dealers. Representatives of 32 farmer organizations, drawn from Kasungu and Mzimba districts, where FAO in collaboration with the Government of Malawi is implementing a Market Capacity Building Project for Smallholder Farmers, took part in the three-day event (26-28 June 2017) at Lisasadzi…

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Ruling DPP Says will triumph in by-elections

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has expressed optimism that it is going to triumph in the forthcoming bye-elections. This was disclosed by DPP Secretary General Greselder Jeffrey when she toured Area 23 in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. According to Jeffrey, based on people’s turnout during the meetings she has had in Lilongwe, the ruling DPP will smash other political parties during the by-elections. After postponing the by-elections that were scheduled to take place on 6 June 2017, Malawi Electoral…

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Dr. Chaponda pleads not guilty: Out on bail

Former Malawi Agriculture Minister Dr. George Chaponda has pleaded not guilty to all three charges leveled against him, which are related to the alleged dubious procurement of Maize from Zambia. Chaponda and his co-accused Rashid Tayub have since been granted bail by the Magistrate Court in Blantyre. Granting the bail, Senior Resident Magistrate Simeon Mdeza ordered Chaponda to pay a bail bond of MK200, 000 and that he should produce two sureties that have been bonded at MK2 million…

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Prison escapee sentenced to 6 months

Shida Kennedy Kambora aged 23, saw the world crumbling in his hands when magistrate Fred Juma Chilowetsa of Nkhotakota magistrate court sentenced him to serve a jail term of six months for the offence of escaping in prison in addition to two years of ‘burglary and theft.’ This occurred in March 2016 at Nkhotakota prison when the convict Kambora was serving a two-year-jail-term after a ‘burglary and theft’ charge. According to Nkhotakota Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Paul Malimwe,…

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Veep Chilima ready to fight for DPP

Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has declared his unwavering support to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) adding he is ready to fight for the party to the very end. President Mutharika and Vice President (L) President Mutharika and Vice President (L) Chilima was speaking when he led a team of DPP officials and supporters welcoming President Mutharika to Lilongwe from Blantyre. This was an apparent response to some reports that have been suggesting that Chilima was having…

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Chaponda’s lawyers want arrest warrant cancelled

Lawyers for former minister of agriculture and water development George Chaponda have applied for the cancellation of warrant of arrest for the accused. Making the application at Blantyre Chief Magistrate Court, Chaponda through his lawyers Jai Banda and Madalitso M’meta argued that the state through the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) blatantly, flagrantly and defiantly disobeyed the terms and prescriptions contained in the warrant. The defence team said: “ACB has refused, neglected, ignored or otherwise deliberately failed to comply with the…

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MASM hikes subscription fee by 25%

The Medical Aid Society of Malawi (MASM) has hiked its subscription fee by 25 percent effective from 1 September. Statement signed by MASM Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sydney Chikoti, said the increase has been necessitated by the pressure on its resources and sustainability brought about by the revision of the benefit package at the beginning of the year 2017. “As you are aware, decisions to go the ‘no short fall way’ were a result of member expectations from a…

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Cancer Survivors Quest happy with Mercy James Paediatric Centre

Cancer Survivors Quest has hailed pop star Madonna for constructing the Mercy James Paediatric Centre in Blantyre saying the facility will help in fighting childhood cancer. American pop star Madonna together with President Peter Mutharika opened the centre on Tuesday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Director of Cancer Survivors Quest Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe who also survived cancer when he was a child said he is pleased that the facility has now been opened. “I…

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Malawi reaffirms its position on Lake Malawi Boundary

The Malawi government has reiterated its position on the Lake Malawi Boundary dispute with the United Republic of Tanzania. Lake Malawi Lake Malawi These remarks were strongly echoed during the Mediation Talks on the Lake Malawi Boundary Dispute with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, which took place in Centurion, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, from 11th to 12th July, 2017. The High Level Mediation Team (HLMT) led by His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of the…

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Dr Matchaya is Back From China

Dr. Medson Matchaya who was recognized for his exceptional contribution in the health sector during the 2016 MBC Innovations Awards returned from China on Thursday afternoon. Last year 10 people were acknowledged for their extraordinary talent in various categories including sports, science, agriculture, and health. The awardees walked away with K1 million each and a sponsored trip to China for a month long training. Dr. Matchaya was the sixth person to visit the Asian continent and he returned with…

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