By Mercy Chirwa
Government has said provision of modern markets help small scale farmers to access reliable markets within their localities.
Minister of Homeland Security, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP)for Lilongwe South West, Jean Sendeza said this Wednesday during the launch of the construction works for a market shed at Mpingu Trading Centre in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mbwatalika in Lilongwe.
She said the construction of a modern market in the area would help people to do their businesses during dry and rainy seasons without problems.
“This could not have been possible if not for the increase in the constituency development funds from K40 million to K100 million. The increase will help us to do more developments in our constituencies,” Sendeza said.
District Commissioner (DC) for lilongwe, Lawford Palani commended sai the market would boost businesses for the market vendors and enhance revenue for the council as well as change the face of Mpingu market.
“We are hoping that after the completion of this project the council will benefit through increased revenue collection necessary for supporting our operations in providing better public social services,” he added.
TA Mbwatalika viewed that market would accord farmers and business persons a safe place to sell their commodities from.
She said traditional leaders would work hand in hand with the contractor in making sure the project becomes a success
The K 15 million worth vendor shed to be constructed using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF), is expected to finish within 90 days and will accommodate 70 small scale vendors who are now plying their trade under shacks due to lack of permanent structures.