It has been revealed that State-controlled grain marketer Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) has failed to purchase the targeted 300, 000 metric tons of maize.
Instead the ADMARC only has managed to purchase 200, 000 metrics tons which is not enough to mee the country’s demands.
According to the information that Malawi Punch has gathered, ADMARC Chief Executive Officer Foster Mulumbe also doubts if they will be able to buy the targeted 60, 000 metrics tons of maize from local farmers due vendors who are buying of maize in the villages even at cheaper prices.
“These traders have invaded the most rural areas to buy the maize, so I doubt if we will buy the 60,000 metric tonnes from our farmers,” Mulumbe said.
This revelation has come in conflict with what president Peter Mutharika has been saying, assuring Malawians that ADMARC will meet adequate maize stocks in its reserves to meet the demand.
Mulumbe said 150, 000 metrics tonnes will be purchased from the private traders in the country while the rest will be bought from outside the country.
Recently, Mutharika assured Malawians that his government will make sure no none dies of hunger just like last year, a statement that angered the opposition political parties, calling it a lie as people are already facing hunger in the country.
According to information, over two million Malawians face food shortage this year due to decrease of maize production by 42 percent because of El Nino weather that hit Malawi and other countries in the SADC region.