Maize price steadily rises: Malawi vendors take advantage of hunger desperation

Malawi vendors are now selling a bag of maize at K13, 000 up from K7,000 two weeks ago, a price that is pushing up inflation steadily as other commodity prices are uncontrollably going up too.

Consumers line up to buy scarce maize supplies at a market in Rumphi, northern Malawi © Sanje Msiska/IRIN

Consumers line up to buy scarce maize supplies at a market in Rumphi, northern Malawi
© Sanje Msiska/IRIN

Nyasa Times has discovered vendors are deliberating buying off maize from Admarc as soon as it lands in a bid to push the grain prices up.

“This is the worst situation of hunger in recent memory,” said a 70 year old woman, Eneless Moyo as she and other three dozen women waited for maize at an Admarc depot in Kasungu.

People in other districts also spoke of desperate situations, warning it is a matter of time before more people die of hunger.

Kasungu north MP Beatrice Mwale said the situation is already out of hand in her area, a statement echoed by the district agricultural development officer Jackson Mkombedzi who said the once Malawi breadbasket, Kasungu, now needs food than ever before.

Some people said Malawi Revenue Authority officials are confisticating maize the people are buying from neighbouring Zambia, an allegation we have not independently verified.

The situation is the same in most parts of the country, just weeks after Oxfarm regional manager for southern Africa Nellie Nyangw’a predicted of sharp rise in maize prices.

Oxfarm and Plan Malawi are donating relief maize and money to some few households to ease the situation. President Peter Mutharika, whose party has been donating millions of maize bags to hospitals in the past weeks, warned politicians against influencing the sale of maize in Admarc depots.

Dedza east legislator Juliana Lunguzi said Wednesday two people have died of hunger related diseases.

However Mutharika says no one will die of hunger because the country has enough grain. However the situation on the ground is contrary.

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11 thoughts on “Maize price steadily rises: Malawi vendors take advantage of hunger desperation”

  1. ernesto chequevara says:

    Boma la mtundu waji limeneli moti chakudya chidzichipa ndipammene chikukwera kwerelabe haaaa mr bingu zikukuvutani tanganizanipo bwino apa tatopananu ife

  2. kivava mbwana says:

    The situation can be alleviated if permission is given to private traders to import from neighboring countries
    Believe me it worked in Kenya and Tanzania even prices went down considerably

  3. E Phiri says:

    The late Bingu was said anyone who sale maiz hiher prise should be punished

  4. Zayekha says:

    Some eat “madeya”bcoz de maize price has gone far,vendors r selling@ k1500 per basin,dey r raise de price depending on demand of de maize.Many Pipo wl suffer frm hunger related diseases hence more drugs r needed in public hospitals.

  5. Mapeji says:

    Peter is playing with Malawians ” NJALA MCHILOMBO ” he shouldn’t expect to rule Malawians empty stomachs . This is his downfall , even his fellow Ngulus will be against him . Expect bad side of Peter’s government from April this year

  6. ndebvuzamwayi says:

    I am failing to understand the food policy of this Government. Our Zomba Central Market is full of timber, I hear it is for cement malata programme instead of maize. kaya.

  7. Misheck kaitano says:


  8. GOVT has failed to care its citizens to tell the truth. the votes wining has been throned to the dead sea.

  9. zativuta koopsa apaso palibe zonamizana

  10. Kanyimbi says:

    In Kasungu the situation is worse. I went there at 10:00 am but was told that the maize for that day has been finished. ADMARC and minister of Agriculture please be serious.

  11. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    The government should have known that greedy individuals would corrupt and pervert the system of ADMARC as the focus of maize procurement. The minister in charge of ADMARC should have been advised, as should have every one, all the to APM. Forewarned, forearmed.
    A plan is desperately needed now. This government’s reputation could rise or fall based on this potential fiasco. Learn from this and gear up for next year. Inevitability in sight.
    What is happening now is a picnic, sadly; compared to what will happen when the big one hits us, next year. There could be riots, abale, on empty stomachs. We are told there was peace during njala ya 1949; but that was during colonial occupation, when citizens were easily cowed. Democratic dispensation paints a different picture indeed.

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