Mozambican farmers in the locality of Vila Nova da Fronteira, in Mutarara district in the western province of Tete, are obliged to cross into Malawi to mill their maize and sorghum, according to a report in Thursdayâs issue of the Beira daily paper âDiario de Mocambiqueâ.The head of the locality, Francisco Wiliam, said the problem is that there is no electricity in Vila Nova da Fronteira. The only flour mills available are manual, and so local residents prefer to use the electric mills in Malawi, which turn their grain into flour much faster.Wiliam said that his locality lacks both electricity and water, and so some of the 18,000 or so people who live in Vila Nova da Fronteira depend on Malawi, and make the short trip across the border every day.âThe women mill maize and sorghum in Malawi, because we have no electric mills hereâ, he said. âThey also fetch water for domestic consumption because we donât have enough pumps to supply the entire populationâ.âLife would be made easier if we were connected to electricity at Baue, in the Charre administrative postâ, Wiliam added. âThen we wouldnât have to go into Malawiâ.Technically, crossing the border in this way is illegal, but the police take no action to stop it. Abdul Bonomar, the deputy commander of the Frontier Guard company stationed at Vila Nova da Fronteira, said the matter was not regarded as serious. âOur work is going wellâ, he said. âThe border violations are simple, citizens leave one country and enter the other to buy salt, or go to the hospital or to the flour mills. Thereâs no danger in thisâ.To travel to and from Malawi, Vila Nova residents are carried on bicycles. The bicycle owners say they can make 5,000 Malawian kwachas (about 30 US dollars) a day from this transport business.
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