"A lot of maize in my area has been smuggled into Malawi. I don't know how this can be stopped because the border is porous more especially at Kapasa and Tamanda turnoff. Vehicles are just passing with maize from Zambia more especially from our area in Mwasemphangwe. We normally advise people not to sell all their maize but it's difficult because people are doing this because of poverty
.....there are no feeder road projects. I have been talking to outgrower companies that are working in our area like those that sponsor cotton farmers but even on our own, we normally try to repair the road after rains....The transporters who ferry crops from Lundazi, even ambulances use the roads that are repaired by the people but they don't get involved in repairing the roads..." .
Chieftainess Mwasephangwe of the Chewa people in Lundazi touching on two key agriculture issues we have previously discussed on this blog - maize smuggling and transport as a key constraint to smallholder farming. Without good transport, access to markets is significant diminished.