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Farmers in Niari to benefit from Agri Resources cold storage facility – The Maravi Post



NIARI, Republic of the Congo, 26 November, 2021,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- In the Republic of Congo, onion farmers in the province of Niari and its surrounding areas are set to reap the benefits from the cold storage facility project by Agri Resources Congo

The installation of the new cooling system has begun within the company’s concession in Moulende (close to Dolisie). 

Beginning of construction works November 2021

The first of its kind in this region, the new facility will have the capacity to store up to 500 tonnes of green onion and other fresh vegetables. The site will cover the requirements for the company’s production, as well as for local farmers wishing to partake in the Agri Resources Congo outsourcing programme.

Agri Resources Congo green onion fields

Green onions (also known as scallions) are a staple vegetable, consumed by every household in Congo and the sub-region. They are very versatile and delicious raw or cooked, but unlike regular onions—which stay fresh at room temperature—green onions are more like leafy greens or herbs that thrive in colder environments. 

Local production of green onion 
In the Niari division, the crop is widely cultivated by smallholder farmers, with more than 60% of homesteads having backyard gardens growing green onion. 

Currently, buyers make their purchases at farm gates and go on to sell in Pointe Noire, Brazzaville and nearby DRC. Therefore, having this centralised local facility will extend product shelf life and ensure that a higher quantity of product reaches its final consumers. 

The new cooling system will also play an important role in making the products safe and healthy for consumers, as well as increasing farmers’ incomes in vulnerable rural communities. In addition to improving on quality, and health and safety, farmers will also be able to store their produce and sell even during the off-season.

Importing the necessary equipment from the Netherlands was made possible by close collaboration between Agri Resources Congo and R-Logistic Congo (both subsidiaries of Monaco Resources Group). 

Containers arriving in Moulende

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Agri Resources Group.

About Agri Resources Congo 
Created in 2016, Agri Resources Congo is a leading Congolese agricultural company – an expert in the industrial cultivation of cereals and other crops with high economic value. The company’s core business is the cultivation, processing and marketing of agricultural produce. The company manages 69,000 ha of arable land in the plains and valleys of Louvakou (29,000 ha) and Kimbangou (40,000 ha) via a 50-year concession with the state of Congo. Activity is based in the Niari Division, 27km from Dolisie on the road towards Gabon.Agri Resources Congo is part of Agri Resources Group (the agribusiness subsidiary of Monaco Resources Group), which encompasses food and agricultural activities across Europe and Africa – including the cultivation of essential products ranging from import-substitution crops to vanilla, spices and other niche products. 

Media Contact 
Marketing Manager & Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator of Agri resources Group 

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)


South Africans rush to get COVID jabs to beat the new virus strain – The Maravi Post




Hundreds of people queued in their cars to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at a drive-thru vaccination center in Cape Town, South Africa.

This comes after dozens of nations from Europe to Asia have imposed travel restrictions on South Africa and its neighbors since its scientists flagged Omicron last week.

“From my side, it’s definitely something that we all need to stand together for to fight against, with the ban just from an economical point of view I feel that look for me that was a political decision,” one woman who came for the jab said.

“So I definitely think today we have been a lot busier than last week. We’ve seen an uptake in people coming which is very encouraging. Friday we also saw a little bit of an increase, I think that was due to the anxiety of the new variant. But I think the public has listened to the president and hopefully this is a good sign of things to come,” said Hillary Bertrand, Clinical Manager, Athlone vaccination site

The travel restrictions have dealt a body blow to South Africa’s tourism industry, which had been looking to the southern hemisphere summer to welcome an influx of visitors from the well-heeled north.

South Africa on Monday said it was “regrettable… (and) sad” that fellow African nations had joined a rush by wealthy countries to impose travel bans over the new Covid variant.

“It is quite regrettable, very unfortunate, and I will even say sad, to be talking about travel restrictions imposed by a fellow African country,” foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

Angola, Mauritius, Rwanda and the Seychelles have halted flights from South Africa in a bid to shield themselves from Omicron.

“What I don’t understand is that some of these African countries that are doing this, know the struggles (that) as a continent we have, where European countries will take this decision and impose travel bans,” said Monyela.

He said South Africa had recently made “substantial donations” of vaccines to some of the countries that were now imposing flight bans.

“When a fellow African country does that, especially in the context where most of these countries are beneficiaries… it doesn’t make sense,” he told an online news conference organised by the health ministry.

Monyela said his ministry was urging countries on the continent and further afield that have hurried to impose travel restrictions to reverse them “immediately.”

Dozens of nations from Europe to Asia have imposed travel restrictions on South Africa and its neighbours since its scientists flagged Omicron last Thursday.

Mauritius and Rwanda were the latest African countries to suspend flights.

Rwanda announced late Sunday that it was halting direct flights to and from nine countries in southern Africa.

All passengers who landed from those countries in the past seven days now have to spend a week in quarantine in designated hotels — at their own cost.

– ‘Afrophobia’ –

On Saturday the director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Arvind Bundhun, said in a statement that it was “with regret” that the government took the decision to suspend all flights from southern Africa.

Meanwhile Angola, itself among the blacklisted southern African nations, at the weekend suspended all flights to and from Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa until further notice.

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, whose country is also blacklisted, accused Western countries of “Afrophobia” for shutting their borders.

Botswana, where scientists say the variant was first described, has also warned against “geo-politicising” the virus.

An outraged South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday called on countries to “immediately and urgently” reverse the travel curbs, which he said were scientifically “unjustified.”

Health Minister Joe Phaahla said many South Africans had felt the country had hastened to go public with the discovery of the new Omicron variant and that had it “kept quiet, travel bans would not have happened”.

“But that would have been detrimental, because our approach is for our citizens to not live in false security and false safety,” said Phaahla.

The travel restrictions have dealt a new blow to South Africa’s tourism industry, which had hoped the southern hemisphere summer would bring an influx of visitors from the well-heeled north.

Source: Africanews

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Blue Eagles lay off six players – The Maravi Post




By Edwin Mbewe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Area 30 outfits, Blue Eagles FC, have parted ways with their six players namely; Lazarus Nyemera, Patrick Phiri,Henry Misinjo,Brian Msumatiza,Mphatso Philimon and Tonny Mbulu.

Confirming about the development, team’s Vice General Secretary, Solomon Mchawi said the team has indeed released the six players based on performance and after the recommendations from the technical panel.

“In any contract you have termination clause,so in reference to the issue at hand at Blue Eagles, we have used article 5 of their contract which is the termination of contract, which basically gives mandate to release a player in circumstances where the services are no longer required. So, in view of this and based on recommendations of technical panel hence their release”, explains Mchawi.

Blue Eagles football club struggled in both cups and TNM Super League last season, finishing on twelve position and surviving the chop from the league on their last league game against Mighty Wanderers, where they won by three goals to one at Kamuzu Stadium.

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Malawi opposition DPP accepts ConCourt’s ruling on 2020 Presidential polls – The Maravi Post




BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says has accepted the Constitutional Court judgement that threw out its bid for a review of the legality of the June 23 2020 court-sanctioned Fresh Presidential Election.

DPP spokesperson Shadric Namalomba said in a statement on Saturday that DPP is a law-abiding institution and will now focus on regaining its lost glory while at the same time pushing government to address socio-economic issues affecting Malawians.

Namalomba says; “We will move forward. We accept the ruling. DPP as a party, we will move forward towards regaining glory and we are strongly sure that Malawians will vote us back into power come 2025.”

DPP sought the interpretation of the Constitutional Court on the legality of the fresh presidential election and subsequent parliamentary and local government by-elections presided over by a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) cohort that had four of its members fired by the High Court for not being duly appointed.

Effectively, the case had the potential to nullify the victory of President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima if the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court granted DPP its wish.

However, the case was dismissed at preliminary stage as the court said it was a disguised appeal.

The court fired four commissioners sponsored by DPP, namely Arthur Nanthuru, Steve Duwa, Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje.

While stressing that the party has decided not to pursue any other means to protest the ruling, Namalomba said the outcome of the case, however, does not mean things are well in the country.

He said the nine-political party Tonse Alliance administration should not rejoice over the court outcome since a majority of Malawians are not happy with so many unfulfilled campaign promises.

“The ruling, however, does not mean that things are well in this country as you can see that many people went to the streets of Lilongwe to demonstrate against maladministration by the current regime.

“Prices of commodities continue to rise almost everyday while the people’s sources of finance continue to decrease,” added Namalomba.

The case was the second in two years to put the country’s presidency on trial in connection with elections. During the first case, Chakwera and Chilima petitioned the court to overturn DPP president Peter Mutharika’s 2019 re-election over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

The court ruled in their favour.

However, Mutharika maintains that the judgement was a “judicial coup”.

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