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Friday, December 02, 2005

Time Malawi found lasting solutions to hunger —National Bank of Malawi chief executive
by Nation Reporter, 02 December 2005 - 02:47:22
National Bank of Malawi chief executive Isaac Nsamala has asked government to find a lasting solution to the perennial hunger, saying it is a shame for Malawi to be talking of hunger when it has a river and lake which contain water throughout the year.
NB chief executive Isaac Nsamala said this when he presented 1,440 bags of 50kg maize worth K2.5 million to Feed the Nation Fund.
“As a bank, we believe that Malawi has to find a lasting solution to the perennial problem of hunger, especially when the hunger is attributed to inadequate rainfall.
“Malawi is blessed with abundant fresh water and it is not proper that every year we should be talking of food shortage due to poor rains,” said Nsamala.
He challenged Malawians to put their heads together on how they can benefit from the waters of Lake Malawi and the Shire River.
He said it is a shame that the country should be importing maize from neighbouring countries who a few years ago were shunning agriculture.
“For Malawi to achieve sustainable economic and social development, we need to diversify our economic activities and venture into more creative avenues of exploring ideas on agricultural investment,” he said.
That, Nsamala said, will help to spread the economy on a broad spectrum of reliable wealth generating activities other than depending on a few areas.
“This will offer us a cushion when one sector or activity is negatively impacted,” he said, adding that the donation is in line with NB commitment to corporate social responsibility.
While thanking the bank for the donation, chair of the Fund Justice Richard Banda said the maize will go a long way in alleviating the shortage of food in the country.
“Hunger is a challenge which no Malawian of goodwill can remain indifferent to. We are helping people who as I am talking do not know where they will get the next meal,” he said.
Banda said out of 72 metric tonnes donated, 40 tonnes had already been delivered at Boadzulu Admarc in Mangochi yesterday.
About 5 million Malawians are in dire need of food due to a crop failure during the 2004-2005 growing season which came as a result of insufficient rains.

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