Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited on Thursday donated 150 metric tonnes (MT) of maize grown at its Dwangwa estate to needy families from six traditional authorities (T/As) in Nkhotakota District.
Speaking at the launch of the food distribution exercise at Nkhotakota District Hospital, Illovo Dwangwa Estate human resources manager ChrispinChikwama said the donation was a response to calls by government to support people affected by combined effects of floods and drought that reduced harvest by about 30 percent.
He said: “Illovo is committed to helping the needy in its catchment area through corporate social responsibility.
T/A Malengachanzi thanked Illovo for the donation.
He, however, asked the company to consider donating some of the maize to prisoners in the district who are also facing food challenges.
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza said as of last month, Malawi had a 30.2 percent maize deficit and appealed for the private sector support of the private sector.