Govt Struggles to Find Better Pigeon Peas Markets
Government has conceded that it is struggling to find better markets for pigeon peas.
Speaking on Friday after opening a farm produce warehouse for Namulenga Producers and Marketing Cooperative in Mulanje, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Salim Bagus said India which had better pigeon peas markets is no longer reliable now.
“We are trying to explore other local and international markets where the produce will be sold at better prices,” said Bagus.
The Minister asked the cooperative to utilize the warehouse as they seek better markets other than rushing to sell their produce to vendors.
The cooperative’s chairperson, Mrs. Modesta Chumba, said bringing together their farm produce was a challenge as they had no storage facility.
“On behalf of my fellow farmers let me thank government for constructing a 12, 000 metric tons warehouse for our cooperative,” said Chumba.
Apart from Namulenga warehouse, 26 other warehouses have also been constructed across the country.
The African Development Bank (ADB) through Competitiveness and Job Creation Support (CJCS) supported construction of all the 27 warehouses.