One of the country’s leading producers of farm seed, Peacock Seeds, says it will take advantage of the current increase in demand for popcorn on the international market to start exporting the commodity.
The company made the disclosure during a two-day trade fair which was held on Friday and Saturday at Mzuzu Upper Stadium in the city.
Director of Transport at Peacock Seeds, Ian Jumbe, said the company decided to start exporting popcorn after discovering that the product has been on high demand on the international market.
“We have come up with the idea to start exporting this product to Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe by April next year  because it is on high demand in these countries,” he said.
He added his company will also increase production of seed for local buyers as demand for the farm input has increased domestically.
On his part, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) President, Karl Chokotho, expressed need for Malawian companies to add value to their products for them [the products] to get recognition on international market.
“It’s a very good development to see Malawian companies export their products because it helps the country to grow economically,” he said.
He further said as MCCCI, they will continue supporting local companies that express willingness to export their products.
This year’s Mzuzu Trade Fair was conducted under the theme “Stimulating Enterprise Development.”