Two months ago, Malawi government through the Ministry of Trade announced that it will start issuing Exporting licenses to individuals and companies who are willing to export maize to other countries.
Today the Mr Mayesero who is the spokesman for the Ministry announced to the public that so 10 licenses have been issued to companies and some individuals who met the requirements.
In the month of December 2020 Ministry of Agriculture announced that Malawi will have bumper yields this year as a result of good rains and farm input Program that supplied Farming Materials at subsidized prices to the citizens.
The Ministry claims that the maize being exported is the surplus of 2019/2020.
This is contrary to what was discovered by Non-governmental revealed in the month of February this year that the country is going to face hunger in the season of 2021/2022 as almost 8 districts were hit by droughts and heavy storms.
In Chikwawa, Nsanje, Zomba, Machinga, Balaka, Karonga and some parts of Mangochi District were hit by droughts and also in Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Rumphi were hit by heavy storms and the yields expected from these areas are less than 15% this year.
Malawi is a country which about 80% of it’s citizens make their daily on Farming.
African News Magazine interviewed some quotas on the issuing of the licenses.
Some said that they have tried applying for the certificates but they are not being approved and they believe that the process has been politicised.
This week Malawi is expected to export about 20 trucks of Maize.
It’s said that Malawi has excess of 350,000 metric tons that will be exported to various countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and DR Congo.