Malawi Failing to meet Paprika Market Demand
Lack of capacity and economic empowerment is making Malawian farmers fail to meet a readily available international market for 10,000 metric tones of Paprika which could source K2.4 billion.
According to Farm Income Diversification Program, the farmers currently are only able to grow and export 500 metric tones.
Farm Income Diversification Program (FIDP) Coordinator Mr. Charles Price says Malawi has been allocated a quota of 10,000 metric tones of Paprika to export overseas.
“Malawi is capable of exporting 10,000 metric tones per year but we are failing to reach that target, a clear indication that we are failing to grasp an opportunity that would generate forex,” said Mr. Price.
He said although Paprika can bring a lot of forex but it should just be a compliment to tobacco, saying the volume Malawi is allowed to export cannot substitute the green gold.
On Tuesday, FIDP, with funding from European Union launched a campaign sensitizing farmers in Lilongwe to increase production in an attempt to exhaust Malawi’s quota.
One farmer, Mr. Gabriel Michembo from Mbala village in the area of Traditional Authority Mazengera said is making a lot of money from Paprika.
He said he used to be a tobacco farmer but abandoned the green gold after poor prices on the market. - Zodiak Online
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