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MALAWI IDENTIFIES NEW EXPORT MARKET

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

11:12:34 – 14 November 2008

by Caroline Kandiero

Government has secured an outright order of 15,000 metric tons of red beans to export to Cuba as RED BEANSsoon as possible.

Minister of Industry and Trade Henry Mussa said this on Wednesday on his arrival from the country’s 26th International Trade Fair which was held in Havana.

According to Mussa, the hurricanes that were experienced in Cuba destroyed nearly one third of the crops in the country.

“We have been given an outright deal to export to Cuba about 15,000 metric tons of red beans, which is translated to nearly US$12million (K1.9bn),” said Mussa, adding that there is a big export market in Cuba.

He further said apart from the beans export, there was also an agreement that Cuba would assist Malawi with expertise and knowledge to process fruits to improve shelf life after harvest.

Mussa therefore urged all beans farmers to come forward so that government can arrange logistics for the exportation of the beans especially on transportation.

The Minister also said that Cuban government has also offered technical support on the Shire Zambezi water corridor, and the technicians are expected in the country next year.

Principal Secretary in the trade ministry Nebert Nyirenda said Malawi has the capacity to export the beans at the same time have surplus.

“Beans are early maturing and we are not going to export the whole lot at once. We will be exporting in tranches and that will give us room to plant more,” he said.

According to Nyirenda, experts from Cuba are expected in the country to select a variety of their choice.

As a country, Malawi showcased several agricultural commodities which included groundnuts, tea, and coffee among others.

Statistics from the Ministry indicate that the country produces about 34,000 metric tonnes of beans annually.

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PUBLISHED BY ‘THE DAILY TIMES’ (Malawi)

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