Malawi govt to stabilise maize prices: Mutharika seeks international help

Government has moved in swiftly to stabilise the price of maize which has hit K7, 000 per 50 kg bag in some markets.

People waiting to buy maize at Admarc depot

People waiting to buy maize at Admarc depot

President Peter Mutharika announced on Monday during his National Address on Food Security at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe that Admarc depots would now be stocked with maize as way of making the supply of grain exceed its demand.

In addition, Mutharika said, relief maize distribution would start next month with the K3 billion maize government bought from Zambia.

At the pace of maize price hikes, consumers expected a price of the 50 kg bag to hit over K25000 by January next year from K4000 last year.

Mutharika said government would also buy another consignment of maize at K2 million, assuring Malawians that they would not starve as long as his government was in power.

Malawi is faced with food shortages because of floods in some areas and drought in other areas.

“There have always been people facing hunger in recent years, but the situation this year is the worst compared to the other years,” Mutharika pointed out.

“During the floods, 106 people were killed and 172 people were reported missing and the magnitude of the floods caused my government to swiftly move in and, as you will recall, I declared a state of national disaster in the 15 most affected districts and I appealed for assistance on 13th January, 2015,” he said.

The President said the affected population of 2.8 million is spread in 24 districts of Chitipa, Karonga and Mzimba in the Northern Region; Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mchinji Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Salima in the Central Region; and Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Zomba in the Southern Region.

The food shortages are coming at a time when the country is faced with acute economic problems as the government seems to be clueless on how to handle the situation which is dire and severe.

Malawi’s traditional donors withdrew their budgetary support to Malawi due to embezzlement of public money in what is commonly known as cashgate.

“Total of 2,833,212 people will not be able to meet their annual food requirement. In view of this I would like to appeal to all the development partners, other countries, and non-governmental organizations both in Malawi and elsewhere to complement government sources in assisting the food-insecure households,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said an updated national food assessment will be released in mid-October by the Malawi – Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC).

“Based on the historical trend, that assessment is likely to show a larger number of people facing hunger than is the case now,” he said.

 Mutharika has  since appealed for international help to cope with an expected food shortage.

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brit
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Mulungu akufuna tiphunzirekuti andale ngolephera,lawo ndi bozabasi.Anthu m’mizimu alibe kalikonse olo mwanapiy e nde chimanga adzakwanisa kugula?nanga fizi azaitenga kuti? kodi wosauka kumalawi alibe sogolo ?nanga tsogolo lawo ndilotani?Inu andale ndi atidwenawo okonda kululutira ndipamaliropomwe samalani kumwamba kuli Mulungu.Osaiwala kuti amlanga ozunza amphawi ndi amasiye,mukumbukire padzana,amwano amawatenga mwachangu.

griffin
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Malawians this is a sign of doom, why is the DPP and Muntharika’s take as for a ride Bingu didi the same here is pitala, tionkanena adathira msiidzi ndi izi lero…think twice

Mayi
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Iwe no. 2 ungokhala chete umadziwa momwe anthu akuvutikila ku muzi kuno. Iwe ukudya kumeneko uli phee nde ukunena za nkuto za ziii. Osangovomeleza kuti zinthu zavuta bwanji?

namarohi
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abale koma tipulumuka?kodi iwe voti yanga sinapindule

Gift Phembe
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It is of great significant to stabilise maize prices for the vulnarable

nyokoto
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25,000.00 /50kg
koma tilimba??

Mbowe Mulambia
Guest

No one will die with hunger inu muvekele heee munya muvesa njala ilibe masewela.We have plenty of maize inu matako pasi today the same person is telling you to ask donors to help for maize A Malawi ambiri mitu yanu njoduka mulilira ku usi

Oikonda Malawi
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Let’s solve this amalawi…ma kakileta mmanja tonse.. List of feez in various school here in malawi arccording to malawi government 1)-primary school=k950 per month 2)-seconday list nation secondary=k85000 district secondary=k35000 CDSS=k11000 3)-colleges list TTC=K35000 Domasi college=k220000 unima=k270000 other university mzuni=k275000 Bunda=k280000 NRC=K190000 NO GOVERMENT INVOVEMENT IN FEEZ PAYING BECAUSE GOVERNMENT HAS NO MONEY TO Assist paying fees NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS TALKING ABOUT STABILIZING MAIZE PRICES. the point is chikukwera kwambiri….ok fine nde masamu nawa If my reading servers me right 80% of Malawians leave in rural areas and are peasant farmers. which one can also concluded that a big… Read more »
ALOSWEA
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Guys mwati K2milliom or ‘k200million ,or ‘k2billion ,I don’t think the whole President can say that it was just a mistake ,K2,000,000 /7 =285714 bags

anthoroki
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That’s the way to go Prof. A.P.M our first citizen. Do the needful for the long term benefits of Malawians. As much as we appreciate your efforts by firstly purchasing the maize that is in most Admarc deports please let’s teach Malawians how to fish on their own. Tisamakule ndi mtima wodalira. During the elections you promised good policies to alleviate hunger in Malawi. Where are with the implementation of such policies? Let’s donors and other partners best ways to sustain our stomach on our own. Anthu ayiwala irrigation. Let’s do irrigation mwakathithi. Apaseni ma materials ofunikira in good time… Read more »
Mayi
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Iwe antholok ndiwe kape galu pali choyamikila apa pamene anthu akuzunzika. Swayin pusi opanda nzeru. Kapena iwe ndiolemela sukuona vuto? Shut up your big mouth.

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