8 unscrupulous pharmacies fined for unconscionable conduct in relation to COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira At its extra-ordinary board meeting in Lilongwe on April 24, the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) imposed fines to eight pharmacy shops for unconscionable conduct, specifically excessive pricing, in relation to the supply of essential protective and preventive equipment used in the management of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting by the Board of Commissioners was convened specifically to consider and adjudicate over 16 cases of alleged unfair trading practices and found guilty eight pharmacy…

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Online network business CROWD1 membership hits 5.25m worldwide

By Duncan Mlanjira Membership for the online network business, CROWD1 Marketing, which South Africa-based football legend Kennedy Malunga brought to Malawi, has reached 5.25 million at the close of business on Thursday. Malunga, who brought Crowd1 in February through marketing seminars in Blantyre and other parts of the country, says he is impressed that many Malawians have joined the online network business and numbers are expected to go up since the members are enticing each other to join this…

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Mixed fortunes in tobacco market as sales hit US$28m

By Sylvester Kumwenda, MANA Four weeks after opening, the tobacco market has seen mixed trends compared to the 2019 market as so far it has realised around US$28 million, which is nine percent short of revenue generated last year in the same period.  Approximately 18 million kilograms of all types of the crop has been sold, which is 19 percent lower than figures from the initial four weeks of the 2019 market. There has also been a high rejection…

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Machinga farmers find hope in rice seed multiplication

By Chimwemwe Mphande, MANA A rice seed multiplication program in Machinga District, initiated by Challenges Malawi Project, raises hope for enhanced rice production in the district, which has the potential to become one of the leading producers of the crop. During a field day at Zumulu Water Users Association on Tuesday in Traditional Authority Mlomba, the district’s agriculture development officer, Sosten Zulu commended Challenges Malawi Project’s efforts in working closely with five water users associations in the the promotion…

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Nsanje blames COVID-19 for not meeting tree planting target

By Martin Chiwanda, MANA Nsanje District Forestry Office has attributed its failure to meet the target on trees which were planned to be planted in 2019-2020 tree planting season to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Forestry Officer, Noel Moyo said in an interview on Tuesday that the district targeted to plant about 1.2 million trees but only managed about 1.1 million. Moyo said the district, through partners such as Care Malawi, put in place several initiatives to ensure they achieve…

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Most crucial access roads that connect Chitipa farmers to rural markets rehabilitated

By Bishop Witmos, MANA With the harvesting period for most crops at peak across the country, Chitipa District Council — through Agricultural Sector Wide Approach-Support Project (ASWAP-SP) ll — has rehabilitated most of the crucial roads that connect farmers to rural markets. Through the project, which is supported by World Bank, the Council has rehabilitated over 10 rural road links for popular village markets of Kapirinkhonde, Ibugulura, Sopelera and Misuku among others — covering 96.4kms. Speaking on Saturday during…

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Airtel Malawi launches two new products during Live Facebook Party for customers

By Duncan Mlanjira  Over 7,000 viewers tuned in to Friday’s Airtel Malawi COVID-19 ‘stay at home’ entertainment package when the country’s leading mobile network service provider hosted a live party on its official Malawi Facebook page that was also used to launch two new products. With this new innovation, in line with encouraging people to stay at home in view of the Coronavirus pandemic, Airtel has brought in a paradigm shift in the mobile telco industry as it successfully…

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Business community clear waste in Mzuzu City

By Ed-Grant Ndoza, MANA Business people in Mzuzu City, Friday displayed rare solidarity with the Mzuzu City Council when they joined hands and cleared all waste which piled up in markets and other strategic public places where people ply their businesses. Led by renowned businessman, Mwasokwa Kubwanga, the business people mobilized trucks, caterpillars and labour to collect rotten garbage which has not been removed from undesignated disposal places for a period of four weeks, following a strike staged by…

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Chitipa farmers bemoan low prices for produce

By Joseph Mbughi, MANA Farmers in Chitipa are worried that they will not realise profits from the sale of their farm produce, describing vendors’ offer as low. The situation comes amidst lack of alternative markets for farmers to sell their produce in the district. A farmer from Mwamkumbwa Extension Planning Area (EPA) told Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Saturday that prices offered by vendors do no match with the cost of investment spent on the production of the farm…

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Complainant wins appeal from MRA on suspicion of under-declaring car importation tax

By Duncan Mlanjira An individual, who took to social media complaining that Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) suspected he had undervalued a vehicle he bought from Japan despite providing proof of payment and all supporting documents, has finally won the appeal that others had asked him to follow up. It all started when the individual hit the inbox of powerful critic on social issues, Onjezani Kenani, in which he narrated that he bought a vehicle (2001 Daihatsu Hijet mini truck)…

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