STATEMENT BY PETER MUTHARIKA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI AT THE OPENING OF THE 2017 TOBACCO MARKETING SEASON  ON TUESDAY, 11TH APRIL, 2017

 
 
I am delighted to be here today to officially open the 2017 tobacco marketing season. This year’s tobacco growing season has been favoured with good weather patterns, suitable for tobacco and other crops. We have seen a beautiful crop on the selling floors. We have seen the harvest is of good quality that raises hope.

LACK OF VIABLE MARKETS STIFLES RICE PRODUCTION

picture riceRice is considered one of the key strategic crops in the country with a massive potential to be promoted primarily as an import substitute, but also as an export crop.

As an export crop, rice has the potential to generate the much-needed revenue in the country.

CISANET HAPPY WITH MAIZEGATE INQUIRY OUTCOME

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) says it is satisfied with the report presented by the Joint Committee of Parliament which went to Zambia to probe the maize gate scandal.
 
CISANET sponsored the committee’s trip to Zambia saying it wanted the truth about the procurement of maize from Zambia known.