Air Cargo Limited, a local air freight company, has said low exports are negatively impacting on its business.
The firm’s general manager, Nathaniel Limbe, in an interview in Lilongwe on Thursday, noted that Malawi has the capacity to produce goods for the export market, particularly in the agriculture sector.
He said the company’s aircraft, which operates on a Malawi-Dubai route, is forced to go via Entebbe International Airport in Uganda on its way back to Dubai to salvage some business from the East African country.
Said Limbe: “To avoid making huge losses, we divert the plane to Entebbe, Uganda where we mostly transport vegetables and fish from Lake Victoria. We would like to urge Malawians to venture into export business because there is a lot of potential.”
He said if the trend continues, Air Cargo Limited will consider diversifying into agribusiness to grow flowers and vegetables for the export market to sustain its cargo business.
“We have the land and we are considering to start growing our own flowers and vegetables which we can export because we know that the market is available out there, especially in Europe and Dubai,” he said. n