Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) has said it supports Malawi Government’s decision to ban traders from exporting maize.
Cisanet national director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula said in an interview on Wednesday that government is not wrong in putting restrictions on maize exports.
“Cisanet supports government imposition of restrictions on how maize marketing is to be handled. Maize is a very strategic crop in as far as food security is concerned. As such, traders need to be more disciplined in how they handle this commodity,” said Nkhono-Mvula.
He added that stiff punishments should be given to those found smuggling maize out of the country.
“Those that would like to export maize in the future need to have licenses and should remit to Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and government all the dues on their exports,” said Nkhono-Mvula.
Early this month, President Joyce Banda, during a People’s Party (PP) rally in Lilongwe, said her government has imposed the ban on maize exports.