Government has said the shortage of sugar supply that rocked the country for at least the last three weeks, adding that should that not happen it “will take appropriate measures to ensure that sugar is available in the country.”
Malawi has faced an acute shortage of sugar prices that saw the price of the commodity going up with a 30 per cent increase.
The scarcity was worse in the cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
“The Ministry held discussions on the matter with Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Ltd which is a major sugar producer in the country. Consequently, the Ministry wishes to inform the general public that Illovo Sugar (Malawi) has resumed its production of sugar after their annual shut-down,” a government statement signed by Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Cliff Chiunda.
According to the statement, Illovo is committed to “flood” the market with sugar within a period of one week.
The statement also warns that government will put “punitive measures” against anyone hoarding sugar or offering prices higher than the recommended ones in accordance with the provisions of the relevant Laws of Malawi.
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