CfSC Worried with ADMARC on Maize Sale

Mphepo says when maize was available, the staff was not ready to assist the citizens on time Mphepo says when maize was available, the staff was not ready to assist the citizens on time - file photo

Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) said the Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) has failed to cushion the hunger-stricken Malawians during the lean season of selling maize.

CfSC Programs Officer, Benard Mphepo  has rated the Corporation low since at a critical point, maize availability was erratic; where people spent weeks in depots including the alleged increased corruption which led to a rise in maize prices up to K45, 000 a 50 kilograms bag.

"The maize itself was not available in all the depots and wherever it was available, the staff was not ready to assist the citizens on time. We have witnessed that in the past three months, people were sleeping at the depots for over two weeks," he worried.

ADMARC started selling maize on December 1, 2022 to cushion 3.8 million Malawians that were projected to face acute hunger by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report during the lean period.

However, the Corporation's publicist, Agnes Chikoko Ndovi has disclosed that they have so far sold 47, 100 metric tons of maize to Malawians since the opening of depots three months ago.

Meanwhile, Ndovi has disclosed that the maize selling will close once farmers have harvested their  maize and demand has gone down.

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