Mutharika says politics delaying Malawi development: Promises agriculture co-op bank, factories for job creation

President Peter Mutharika has said politics in Malawi is derailing development, comparing the nation to China, which he said has developed tremendously owing it to unity and stakeholders in development.

Mutharika officially opening 15th Agriculture fair in Blantyre.

Mjutharika gets a briefing at one of the pavillions

President Mutharika present a prize to exhibitors at the fair.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda,Mana

President Mutharika present a prize to exhibitors at the fair.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda,Mana

President Mutharika present a prize to exhibitors at the fair.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda,Mana

President Mutharika present a prize to exhibitors at the fair.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda,Mana

He was speaking at the opening of the 15th National Agriculture Fair in Blantyre held under the theme ‘Access to Finance, Value Addition and Markets: Key to Agri-based industrialisation.”

“People of China are so united; civil society organisations, the government and the private sector are very united. And you must remember that, in 1979, Malawi’s economy was better off than China’s.

“The problem here in Malawi is that we politicise everything and this is a setback to the economy,” said Mutharika.

The Malawi leader  said government is focused on the Shire  Valley Transformation Programme which he touted as the biggest irrigation project in southern Africa covering about 43 000.

Mutharika also said government would open an agriculture cooperative bank to help farmers’ access funds to help move Malawi from subsistence to commercial farming.

He also said government would open more factories in a bid to create jobs for Malawians.

“Here in Blantyre we will open a leather manufacturing company. When you slaughter your goats, pigs or cattle, you should be able to sell the skin to the company for leather production,” he said,

“Our vision is to turn Malawi from an importing and consuming country to becoming a producing and exporting nation,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said government would continue the Farm Input Subsidy Programme, saying the number of beneficiaries would rise this year.

In his remarks, Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Mwanamvekha said the agriculture fair provides a platform for farmers to interact and share ideas, access markets and improve on value addition.

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Owen Singini
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Owen Singini

We have all that many times from DPP but nothing happened. Why should we believe them this time around?

Chake
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Chake

Which politics?? It’s You who has pushed Malawi backwards, blame yourself.

Dontho
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Dontho

Livestock sector in Malawi is in shumbles with little to show case in Malawi. Currently its a few foreigners that seem to lead the sector in investment especially in beef and poultry. Chinese and Indians have seen the opportunities and invaded the poultry industry. Market opportunities for skins and hides is a day dream, its not there.

Joovido
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Joovido

Have people stopped paying tax bcs of politics? ?? If people are paying tax no need to give reasons just do the right thing on the right time than eating up the poor man’s tax

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

It is you Mutharika at the helm of Malawi politics. If it is politics delaying development, then you’re the one responsible for such backward politics.

Stop acting like an ostrich. You are the one delaying development in our country. You should have saved us all this waste of time if you had resigned a long time ago.

That time when you returned from Washington with one hand.

Johane
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Johane

I’ll get a lot of down-votes but this example of a leather manufactiring plant exposes the level of reverse-gear thinking with Peter,. Of course a leather plant is a good idea. But govt should treat the causes of why we don’t have one. Those causes are 1. Lack of affordable funding due to endless State spending that pushes up interest rates 2. Lack of electricity, again due to govt’s greed and incompetence in running ESCOM 3. Lack of the skilled workforce able to build and run such factories. Again this is due to lack of govt foresight in spending enough… Read more »

Hendricks
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Hendricks

Has our president waken up from deep slumber or has he been abroad and not aware of what was happening in our country????. This is laughable situation and regretiful.His ministers like Jappie Mhango claims that the Gvt has constructed this,that worth so much forgetting that those are taxpayers monies and they are only giving back what they deducted through taxation,,,its shame !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gologolo
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Gologolo

Idiot. Under whose government has it been done. You push blame to him when things go wrong yet in your warped thinking he shouldnt take credit for anything good that happens.??

Chake
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Chake

Nkumati lozani zanu tax payers money what a shame.

mtete
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mtete

Where were you all these years? You have promised so many projects, some commenced in June, 2014 and are nowhere near completion. Koma timva mabodza mu 2019. Its all Panic Stations!

Odala
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Odala

Has the president waken up from deep slumber or he has been abroad and he has not been aware of the situation?. Even his road infrastructure minister claims that the GVT has constructed road worth billions and yet those are our monies forgeting that they are only giving back what the society needs,,,this is shame and regretable

Aka
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Aka

Hmmmmmm the president abale, wangosowa chonena. Tingagwirizane bwanji ni umbanda ukuchitika pa Malawi? Akufuna kuti ma CSO aziyamikira kuba? Wanya nayo. Kulibe zimenezo. 4 million litres yaku ESCOM basi umati tizdisekelera? Shame

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