Govt Hails Sugar & Mango Companies for Creating Jobs
Government has hailed Salima Sugar Company under the Green Belt Authority for creating job opportunities among locals and raising competition on the market.
Minister of Irrigation and Water Development, Charles Mchacha toured Salima Sugar Company and Malawi Mangoes where he said the two companies are making tremendous strides in helping Malawians.
He says irrigation farming is key to boosting the country’s economy.
Salima Sugar Company under the Green Belt Authority which has so far created employment for about 3500 locals since 2016.
Mchacha said this on Saturday when he toured Salima Sugar Company and Malawi Mangoes.
"We are very excited that Irrigation farming is now bearing fruits as many people here at Salima Sugar Company are benefiting such that about 3500 people have been employed here," Mchacha said.
Malawi Mangoes Company has so far created over 1000 jobs.
At Malawi Mangoes, Mchacha encouraged the investor to consider re-introduction of Banana cultivation after it was learnt that the company stopped production due to financial constraints.
"Much as they are doing great work in terms of Mango production, I wish to request them that they re-introduce Banana production so that people from Thyolo and other districts can be sending their banana here to boost their economic status,” he said
Meanwhile, Green Belt Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Amon Mluwira bemoaned underproduction of the commodity due to financial hiccups.
He said, they are not meeting demand on the market due to low production of commodity.
However, Mluwira is optimistic that this year they will double production from 13,000 metric tons of sugar produced last production period.
"The prospects look good this year and we anticipate to double our production compared to last year when we produced only 13,000 metric tons of sugar,” Mluwira said.
Malawi Mangoes Company is a major international standard fruit processor in Malawi that exports mango raw materials to Europe and other African countries.