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Article by Nampak 22 August 2014

Nampak Malawi wins trophy for best input supplier trophy

Nampak Malawi won the best input supplier at the 11th Agriculture Fair which was held between 28th and 30th August 2014 at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre.

The fair was held under the theme: Agriculture; a basis for achieving inclusive growth in Malawi and it was second time Nampak Malawi participated.

Nampak Malawi Marketing Manager Nyakhoko Nsona received the trophy on behalf of the company saying the meticulous preparations and timeous decorating of their pavilion enabled their win.

Nampak Malawi produces a number of packaging materials which are used in the agriculture sector such as tea sacks, tobacco cases, day old chickens boxes, egg cartons and cartons for agricultural chemicals.

Speaking during the opening of the fair, Malawi President Peter Mutharika, said the DPP-led government will revive the green belt initiative as a way of intensifying irrigation agriculture. 

“With climate change, the future of the agriculture sector in Malawi will mainly depend on irrigated farming. In this regard, my government intends to revive the Green-belt Initiative to intensify irrigation farming in different localities along Lake Malawi and other perennial rivers,” Mutharika said.

He also urged Malawians to emphasise on value addition and combined efforts from all players in the sector in order for the country to turn into an exporting country.

“For a long time Malawi has been producing and exporting raw materials with very little focus on value addition. Value addition is a major step towards commercialising the Agriculture sector and that is the only way this country can be transformed from an importing and consuming nation to a producing and exporting one as enshrined in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II,” said Mutharika.

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI, [Status]) President Newton Kambala said there is a need for the government to start acting in order to bring about a vibrant private sector.

He said there are a lot of initiatives that were put in place by the government to boost the agriculture sector but nothing so far has been achieved.

“Lauded statements are good but they must be following up with action. Without the government action there will never be enough private sector investment to help bring about a vibrant private sector which would in turn drive this economy to success,” said Kambala. Back to top ^