Daily Archives: January 11, 2019

Malawi’s population increases by 35 percent in 1O years

Malawi’s population has hit over 17.5 million, 35 percent increase in 10 years from 2008 to 2018, a preliminary report of the recent population and housing census (PHC) released by National Statistic Office (NSO) says.

The NSO’s report, dated December 2018, indicates that the country’s population has increased to 17,563,749 from 13,029,498 in a space of 10 years.

It further indicates that there are 8,521,456 males and 9,042,293 females, representing 49 and 51 percent, of the total population, respectively.

At regional level, the results show that the southern region has the highest number of people with 7,750,629 or 44 percent.

The central region is the second most populous with 7,526,160 people representing 43 percent of the total population while 2,286,960 people (13 percent) live in the northern region, reads the report in part.

Furthermore, among the country’s districts, Lilongwe rural has the highest population standing at 1,637,583 followed by Mangochi with a population of 1,148,611. Likoma district, on the other hand, has the lowest population of 14,527.

Lilongwe City continues to be the biggest city in Malawi, population wise, with 989,318 [people] followed by Blantyre with 800,264. Mzuzu City is the third largest with 221,272 people followed by Zomba with 105,013 people.

The report also indicates that Malawi’s population density continues to grow thereby putting pressure on the land.

During the 2018 PHC Malawi population density stood at 186 persons per square kilometer up from 138 in the 2008 census representing a 35 percent jump, the report says.

Likoma District, though with the smallest population, has the highest population density at district level, standing at 710 persons per square kilometer followed by Chiradzulu at 469.

Meanwhile, in reaction, some people have expressed concern over the increase saying it does not match with the country’s size.

Commenting on his Facebook page citizen Joseph Phiri described 35 percent increase as scaring.

The increase is scary. There should be some laws to restrict child bearing; for example, every couple to have two children.

With this increase, there will be pressure on resources such as land and in the next 10 years, if child bearing will not be controlled, the population will [grow even bigger] which is not good, Phiri said.

Source: MANA Online

Minister Mussa commends MDBNL for provision of free television channels

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Henry Mussa has commended Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network Limited (MDBNL) for provision of free local television channels to people in most parts of the country.

The minister made the recommendation on Thursday during his tour to MDBNL offices in Lilongwe that provide digital television decoders popularly known as Kiliye kiliye TV decoders.

In an interview, the Minister said the initiative of Kiliye kiliye digital TV which is under his ministry, was aimed at allowing the public to access free information.

We ensure that Malawians are able to access local channels free and at a lower cost for international television channels, which is helpful in the development of the country, he said.

MDBNL Director of Marketing and Public Relations, John Mchilikizo revealed that though they provide free local television channels to the public, the institution has introduced pay services for international channels.

We are still registering people that are coming on our platform and are still adding numbers of television channels that will help us generate little revenue to ensure our growth and sustainability of works, he said.

Mchilikizo further commended government for supplying them with enough digital television decoders every year which has assisted them to cover a large population both in rural and urban areas.

He further said the company has extended its network within and outside Lilongwe. The company also has its television network in Blantyre, Mzuzu, Thyolo, Zomba and Karonga, just to mention a few areas.

Source: MANA Online

CoolPro Entertainment to storm Reggae Sunsplash in Zomba

One of the renowned music labels in the country branded as CoolPro Entertainment is set to host a massive music concert titled ‘CoolPro Reggae Sunsplash’ scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at CoolPro International Club situated at Malosa area in Zomba District.

The show will be part of CoolPro International Club’s first anniversary celebration following its launch on April 28, 2018.

CoolPro Entertainment Director who also owns CoolPro International Club, Duffy Chikakuda confirmed in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), about the upcoming event saying it will rivet different Malawi’s reggae music legends.

As CoolPro Entertainment we have organized something big for 2019, whereby we will host a big entertainment bash which will bring big together names on the reggae music scene such as The Wailing Brothers, Ndindi Mally, Moda Fumulani, Lambanie Dube and Sally Nyundo, said Chikakuda.

He continued saying the show will be hosted by Annie Matumbi and Dj Chronic accompanied by Radio 2 FM-DJ, Mike C as a special guest.

Chikakuda also said the gig will be spiced up with pool tournament which will carter for almost all pool teams from eastern region noting that the competition will be supported by Pool Association of Malawi eastern region chapter.

CoolPro Entertainment has been hosting outstanding music concerts in Zomba District since last year; the music tag once also hosted an enormous music concert dubbed ‘Clash of the Giants’ where musicians like; Lucius Banda, Sam Smak and Nepman entertained their fans in the district.

According to Chikakuda, CoolPro Entertainment and CoolPro International Club, intend to grant people of Zomba District different tastes of live music performances observing that the district is marginalized as far as music entertainment is concerned.

CoolPro Entertainment focuses on entertaining Malawians through music and I noticed that Zomba District is highly sidelined in terms of entertainment events, for this reason I decided to be hosting annual music events in Zomba as one way of resurrecting music entertainment in the district, said the CoolPro Entertainment Director.

With the Reggae Sunsplash, patrons are requested to forfeit K3,000 at the door while Carlsberg beer will be sold at a normal price of K750.

Source: MANA Online

CoolPro Entertainment to storm Reggae Sunsplash in Zomba

One of the renowned music labels in the country branded as CoolPro Entertainment is set to host a massive music concert titled ‘CoolPro Reggae Sunsplash’ scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at CoolPro International Club situated at Malosa area in Zomba District.

The show will be part of CoolPro International Club’s first anniversary celebration following its launch on April 28, 2018.

CoolPro Entertainment Director who also owns CoolPro International Club, Duffy Chikakuda confirmed in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), about the upcoming event saying it will rivet different Malawi’s reggae music legends.

As CoolPro Entertainment we have organized something big for 2019, whereby we will host a big entertainment bash which will bring big together names on the reggae music scene such as The Wailing Brothers, Ndindi Mally, Moda Fumulani, Lambanie Dube and Sally Nyundo, said Chikakuda.

He continued saying the show will be hosted by Annie Matumbi and Dj Chronic accompanied by Radio 2 FM-DJ, Mike C as a special guest.

Chikakuda also said the gig will be spiced up with pool tournament which will carter for almost all pool teams from eastern region noting that the competition will be supported by Pool Association of Malawi eastern region chapter.

CoolPro Entertainment has been hosting outstanding music concerts in Zomba District since last year; the music tag once also hosted an enormous music concert dubbed ‘Clash of the Giants’ where musicians like; Lucius Banda, Sam Smak and Nepman entertained their fans in the district.

According to Chikakuda, CoolPro Entertainment and CoolPro International Club, intend to grant people of Zomba District different tastes of live music performances observing that the district is marginalized as far as music entertainment is concerned.

CoolPro Entertainment focuses on entertaining Malawians through music and I noticed that Zomba District is highly sidelined in terms of entertainment events, for this reason I decided to be hosting annual music events in Zomba as one way of resurrecting music entertainment in the district, said the CoolPro Entertainment Director.

With the Reggae Sunsplash, patrons are requested to forfeit K3,000 at the door while Carlsberg beer will be sold at a normal price of K750.

Source: MANA Online

MET assess impact of heavy rains on maize production

Good agricultural practices such as box-ridging; mulching and construction of contour bunds assist in controlling soil erosion, especially in an event of heavy downpours as experienced recently countrywide.

Chief Meteorologist responsible for Communications in the Department of Climate Change & Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Amos Ntonya made the observation on Thursday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre.

Generally, the rainfall pattern across the country has been normal and above normal rainfall amounts and such desirable rain distribution has greatly contributed to robust, vigorous and healthy-looking crops such as maize in most fields.

Additionally, we haven’t had serious false onset of rains that result into worrisome dry spells among farmers. However, farmers are urged to follow all recommended agricultural practices such as box-ridging to control excess run-off and gullies so that substantial amounts of moisture is retained in the soil, he added.

Ntonya advised farmers to fully utilize the availability of fodder to maximize hay processing for sustainable animal feeds throughout the year and depart from the ancient ‘cut and carry technique’ of sourcing animal feeds.

He said unlike the reliable and sustainable intensive hay processing; the old practice is tedious on the part of the farmer, hence the need to abandon it completely.

Ntonya urged farmers to embrace hay processing as they seize the opportunity of the initiative during rainfall season like this period when fodder and green vegetation is all over.

They must do it; as the old adage goes: ‘make hay while it shines’ and whilst all the necessary vegetation and varied species of grass are readily available as the heavy downpour continues to moist the fields, he advised.

Source: MANA Online