DPP Legislator Blasts ADMARC
The Democratic Progressive Party's Member of Parliament for Blantyre Rural East, Susan Ndalama, took advantage of Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC)’s Tree Planting Day in Blantyre Thursday to lambast ADMARC officers for selling maize to vendors.
The Parliamentarian alleged that some workers sell underweight packs to people, describing the development as unfortunate, adding that ADMARC is providing 100 bags to the constituency per two months.
“Actually the staff that are engaging in such malpractices hardly realize how the hunger can affect people. If they were sensitive enough they wouldn’t have done that.
“I remember in 2001 there was acute hunger in the country and people were dying like chickens, as I am speaking there are mass graves in Kasungu, it’s really sad.
“But I hope management will address the concerns, they are hardworking people, I am sure they will take care of it,” said Ndalama.
ADMARC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Felix Jumbe, has acknowledged the concerns.
“We want to reclaim our role as a tiger on our logo in ensuring food and income security in the country.
“ADMARC from its design in our logo there is a tiger, it is the fastest animal, and it is also linked with the fastest growing economy of this world,” said Jumbe.
Dr. Felix Jumbe said they need 600, 000 metric tonnes of maize in their markets.
“During the harvest period, we want to secure all the maize into our markets. This is critical in saving Malawians from starvation,” he said.
He further warned that the employees that are engaging in various malpractices will be fired.
ADMARC officials planted 2, 000 trees within their Ndodo estate, a move which Dr. Jumbe described as critical in combating climatic shocks.