MOTHS DESTROYING TOMATO CROPS IN MZIMBA, DRIVING UP PRICES

A tomato farmer explains to journalists on the leaf miner mothThere are some disturbing developments for tomato producing farmers in Jenda area in Mzimba as their popular crop of choice, grown as a cash crop, is under siege from pests. The fruit becomes inedible.

Agriculturalists and scientists have identified the pests as leaf miners. The leaf miners, which literally mine through tomato fruits and leaves, have sent farmers into a panic mode because they have to dig deeper to get pesticides for spray.

ADMARC SHOULD BUY MAIZE DIRECTLY FROM FARMERS AND NOT PRIVATE TRADERS

Tamani Nkhono-Mvula CISANET National DirectorPRESS STATEMENT

Lilongwe, 7th April, 2016: CISANET has noted with gratitude the pro-activeness that ADMARC has undertaken by budgeting funds for the procurement of 150,000 metric tonnes of the 2015/2016 season for human consumption while maize is available on the market.

It is also worth mentioning that sourcing the maize locally will save the country of the much needed foreign exchange as huge volumes of the same were exported to neighbouring countries as ADMARC tried to fill in the gap of the maize shortage of the 2014/2015 season.

CISANET, OXFAM, CADECOM PRESENT ADMARC STUDY REPORT TO MPs

A consortium of three prominent civil society organsations namely CISANET, OXFAM in Malawi and CADECOM on Friday presented a report on the State of Maize Availability in ADMARC markets in Malawi to Members of Parliament (MPs).

The event which took place at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe attracted members of two Parliamentary committee, Agriculture, and Statutory Corporations.

DECLARATION OF A STATE OF NATIONAL DISASTER

wilting maize

President Professor Peter Mutharika on Tuesday, 12th April declared a State of National Disaster in Malawi.The President attributed it to the prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 farming season.

Here is the full statement the President made
As you are aware, the 2015/2016 season has been greatly affected by strong El Nino conditions, resulting in erratic rains across most parts of the country.

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT FOR THE MID-TERM BUDGET REVIEW PARLIAMENT SESSION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY IN MALAWI

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr Allan Chiyembekeza on Monday, 22nd February delievered a Ministerial Statement for the Mid-Term Budget Review on the food situation in the country.

Dr Chiyembekeza told Parliament that as of 9th February, 2016 the maize stock balance with ADMARC at country level was 9,221MT out of which 5,756MT was in the South, 2,807MT was in the Centre and 658MT was in the North.