Malawi Moving In Right Direction To Develop Economically As APM Officially Opens Salima Sugar Factor
President Peter Mutharika has described the opening of the Salima Sugar factory as a clear testimony of his government’s vision to make the nation an exporting country.
Professor Mutharika made the remarks at Chikwawa in Traditional Authority Khombeza in Salima when he officially commissioned the factory on Monday.
The Salima Sugar Factory becomes the second producer of ugar, after Illovo Sugar Limited which operates in Nchalo Chikwawa and Dwangwa in Nkhotakota.
Speaking during the function, the president said establishing factories in rural areas will help in his vision to industrialize rural areas.
”There was a time we were closing down factories in this country. This is the time we are opening new industries. Salima Sugar Factory is a symbol of our vision to accomplish rural industrialization in our country,” he said.
“There was a time we were taking all development to the cities. This is the time we are taking development to the people. We are taking factories, new industries, roads, and community colleges to rural areas because economic growth must never marginalize rural people,” he added.
According to the President, the factory will bring jobs to communities around it.
“This factory will bring an economic rural growth centre. That is how Dwangwa and Nchalo grew,” he disclosed.
“This factory will enable small holder farmers to diversify their sources of income. This factory will empower sugarcane farmers because it brings competition among sugar manufacturers.
This factory will bring foreign exchange earnings to Malawi. It is in creating jobs, creating new wealth, economically empowering rural people, producing and exporting that we develop Malawi,” Prof. Mutharika disclosed.
The Malawi leader said the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP administration has a shared vision which remains to make Malawi a producing and exporting nation. He said the factory is an illustrative symbol of this celebrated dream.
“We are opening this factory soon after we opened a Cotton Ginning Factory in the same spirit of becoming a producing and exporting nation. This Sugar Factory tells every Malawian that we share a living vision,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the sugar company, Mr. Shirieesh Betgiri said his company will diversify into the other agricultural products such as fish farming, maize production and others.
The sugar company is part of government’s dreams under the Green Belt Initiative which seeks to promote irrigation agriculture and in the long-run end the country’s perennial hunger.