Malawian technology company to compete in 2020 Seedstars World Competition

* Seedstars is a Swiss-based private company with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship * The Malawian company Neytech Solutions offers technology solutions to businesses, individual, organizations as well as government institutions. * Its services include web design and development; database design and development; software design and development as well a research design and implementation By Duncan Mlanjira Malawian technology company, AgriTech Startup, has been identified amongst 93 other countries to participate…

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Two agricultural cooperatives presented with trucks under Agriculture Commercialisation project

By Duncan Mlanjira Two Southern Region cooperatives, Shire Highlands Milk Producers (SHMPA) and Minyali Cotton Farmers, were on Thursday presented with a  truck each under government-funded Agriculture Commercialisation (AGCOM) project. The farmers asked for the funding to ease challenges they face in transporting their produce to various markets and also received more funds for the SHMPA farmers to buy extra food supplements for their dairy cows and for buying more cows to be supplied to new and existing members…

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Norway partners ILO to improve working conditions in Malawi’s tobacco industry

Unacceptable habit of a mother carrying her baby on her back while working in tobacco fields in Kasungu.—Picture by ILO By Duncan Mlanjira The Government of Norway and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday signed a partnership agreement for a new development cooperation project to improve working conditions and access to rights in Malawi’s tobacco sector. A statement from the Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe and the ILO says the overall objective of the new project is to support…

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Root and Tubers Food Festival opens tomorrow

By Our Reporter An inaugural roots and tubers crops food and products festival opens tomorrow by the Ministry of Agriculture and local and international partners in Lilongwe to exhibit and disseminate the potential and advances of roots and tubers value chains in Malawi. Minister of Agriculture Lobin Clarke Lowe will inaugurate the day long Root and Tuber Crops (RTC) Products and Food Festival on Saturday, 28th November 2020 Lilongwe City Mall’s Game Stores Car Park platform “The goal is…

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Malawian private tree seedlings developer plans to produce seedlings for very hot chili Ghost Pepper

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawian passionate private tree seedlings developer, Mapopa William Banda, who has also diversified by raising fruits tree seedlings, says he is growing red hot pepper in his garden and hopes to produce some seedlings shortly for sale. Named as Ghost Pepper or Bhut Jolokia (Bhutanese chili), is a hybrid chili cultivated in Northeast India and a delicacy in that country. In a Facebook post announcing his plan to invest it in the country, Mapopa was very…

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Agricultural productivity, commercialization, industrialization and urbanization will revolve around homegrown innovations and technologies—Chilima

By Kondwani Magombo, MANA Vice-President, Saulos Chilima has challenged researchers in the country to develop homegrown innovations and technologies to achieve the new vision of inclusive wealth creation and self-reliance. Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning & Development and Public Sector Reforms, made the call on Wednesday when he officially opened the 3rd National Innovations and Research Dissemination Conference in Mangochi. The Vice-President said the vision’s three pillars of agriculture productivity and commercialization, industrialization and urbanization will…

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Malawi Relief Fund UK timely donates fertilizer to farmers in Balaka

Some of the beneficiaries By Duncan Mlanjira As the country has started receiving rains, Malawi Relief Fund UK (MRF-UK) donated 5,000 bags of fertilizer to rural farmers in Balaka to assist them attain good yields. Presenting the donation, MRF-UK country coordinator, Yakub Valli said Malawi has the potential to attain food security if vulnerable communities have access to farm inputs just as the Tonse government is striving to achieve through the Affordable Input Programme (AIP). “Vulnerable communities are in…

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Various ministries working to clear rubbles on AIP

By Aisha Amidu, MANA Various ministries — Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Information, Civic Education and National Unity, Transport and Public Works and Homeland Security — are now working together to protect the Affordable Input Programme (AIP) following allegations that there is abuse of resources in different areas where the programme has been allocated. Updating journalists at a press briefing held on Thursday, Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe said with the joint forces, the ministry is positive that AIP…

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Three arrested for producing fake maize seeds in Mponela

James Ngalande, MANA Police in Mponela have arrested three men on suspicion that they were producing fake maize seeds and packed them in branded-bags in the name of Bayer Malawi Limited, formerly known as Monsanto. According to Mponela Police public relations officer, Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, the three were arrested during the wee hours of Monday, November 9, after a well-wisher tipped the police that they were producing fake seed and packing them in the Bayer Malawi-branded bags. The suspects…

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Malawi not influenced in opening Embassy in Israel

By Tione Andsen, MANA Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eisenhower Mkaka has denied that Malawi has being influenced to open an embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, saying Malawi is a sovereign state that makes its own decision without being influenced by any external forces. He made the denial Saturday on arrival from Jerusalem where he went at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi. Mkaka said Israel and USA had no hand in the…

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