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Malawi farmers smile with 30% electricity discount to spur export growth

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The Chakwera government has implemented a unique electricity tariff for agriculture, wherein qualified and certified farmers will pay approximately 30 percent less than the standard electricity charges.

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola, addressing a session in Lilongwe aimed at informing district officials about the new tariff, emphasized that this initiative aligns with the government’s goal of transforming Malawi into a nation that excels in production and exportation.

He said: “Malawi’s economy is agro-based. So in order for our economy to flourish we need to support the agriculture sector.”

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) senior marketing and business development officer Chifundo Kameko said they are starting immediately with about 100 customers.

“We are targeting smallholder farmers in the maximum demand customer base consuming not less than 50 Kilovolt-amps,” he said.

 

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