Experts tip Malawi on benefits of maize and groundnuts exports 

Malawi has potential to realize over K61 billion from maize exports, translating into increased net wealth by one percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), agricultural and commodity exchange experts have said.

Teddie Nakhumwa: Participated
Manyenje: Malawi is losing over K370 billion annually to unregulated exportation of legume crops.

The experts made the sentiments on Thursday evening during a panel discussion the National Planning Commission (NPC) organization with technical support from the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Copenhagen Consensus Centre (CCC).

The discussion drew high level participants such as the Principal Secretary for Trade, Christina Chatima, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Simplex Chithyola Banda, Agricultural Commercialization Project Ted Nankhumwa, Agriculture Commodity Exchange (ACE) Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Kristian Moller, Head of Operations at the AHL Group plc, Davis Manyenje, and Pyxus Agriculture Malawi Limited Chief Executive Officer Ronald Ngwira.

In his contribution, Ngwira said there is high potential from the exportation of maize and groundnuts.

However, he asked the government to seal policy and regulatory loopholes, which he said are frustrating the industry.

On the other hand, Manyenje said Malawi is losing over K370 billion annually to unregulated exportation of legume crops.

The panel came at the back of a new research paper released on Thursday by the Malawi Priorities Project, which shows that lifting the maize export ban would have lasting economic and social benefits.

The study was conducted by Malawi Priorities, a research-based collaborative project, which NPC is implementing with technical support from AFIDEP and CCC.

The findings of the study reveal that removing the ban will raise maize prices towards the price paid in neighbouring countries benefiting all Malawian maize farmers.

“Removal of the ban would incentivize maize production, highly commercialize the crop and boost exports. And if the maize is processed before exporting, the value is even much higher; hence, the need for value addition before exporting,” reads part of the report.

Currently, Malawi relies on tobacco as her major foreign currency earner, which make up 80 percent of total exports necessitating the need to diversify into other high-value commodities.

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Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
25 days ago

These experts, have they exported even one nut themselves?
When they say regulatory loopholes that are impeding groundnut exports? So called experts will always speak in general terms because they have never exported anything.
Malawi’s groundnuts can’t sell outside the country because of aflatoxins. This issue has been known for a while but government has never out resources to address it.
Next time, in such discussions involve the traders themselves like NASFAM. Also involve the transporters to tell us about their experiences in transporting goods across borders, not these white collar so called experts

Marumbo
25 days ago

Does Government need the so called ” experts” to know the importance of maize and groundnuts in the economy? Fotseki experts!

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
26 days ago

The idea of exporting agricultural products sounds very good to the ear; but, I repeat, but selling these as raw materials cannot help the nation to grow and develop. I would support fully the idea of adding value to these products first. Suppose it is maize: we should firstly encourage indigenous traders to pool capital. The chain should be Government through ADMARC should buy the maize at better prices directly from the farmers. ADMARC should have capacity to store the maize safely and should sell to these traders. The traders should convert the maize into flour and export. We have… Read more »

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
25 days ago

Admaarc take yomweyi?

Limma
Limma
25 days ago

Brilliant! Concerned Citizen, I fully support the point you are raising about selling value added products. Africa will NEVER achieve its full potential until we shift our focus from selling raw materials and level one produce. We must wake up and only bring g to the market products that have been processed. We must stop the stupidity of selling raw materials. When these Western and Eastern countries buy maize, groundnuts and all these farm products, kwawoko samapita kukangazinga. They add value to the commodity and process it into a much more lucrative well branded and packaged product. maBoma athu, ali… Read more »

Davan
Davan
26 days ago

No expert for what to give more money to the expert

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