Malawi set aside K4bn for maize purchase to avert hunger: Goodall says Admarc to do the buying

Government will give the Agricultural Development and Marketin Corporation (ADMARC) K4 billion to purchase maize from farmers in readiness of the looming hunger.

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Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe told the Malawi National Assembly Thursday  that this follows the current estimation by the Ministry of Agriculture that due to low crop production, the country is likely to face some food shortage in the near future.

However, Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msozi South Vitus Dzoole Mwale questioned the criteria government will follow to make sure that there will be no middlemen who buy maize from farmers at a lower price and sell it at a higher price to Admarc.

Gondwe said to curb the malpractice, government will be conducting monthly auditing.

According to the Minister, National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) needs about 60 000 metric tons of maize the handle the rooming hunger.

He also disclosed that government will use some money from the World Bank meant for helping people affected by the natural disasters to fund ADMARC.

Recently, Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza said official projections on maize production for the year 2014-2015 is that Malawi will produce 2,898,123 metric tons of grain down from 3,978, 123 last crop season a record decline of a staggering one million metric tons of maize.

Chiyembekeza also said the decline in harvest has also been seen in the production of rice now at 13.6 percent, millet at 11.9 percent, cassava 5.9 percent and sorghum at 9.3 percent.  Only sweet and Irish potato production has shot by 5.9 percent and 4.4 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, the minister is expected to deliver a report to parliament on Monday next week.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi set aside K4bn for maize purchase to avert hunger: Goodall says Admarc to do the buying”

  1. Chiyabwe Anga Mphalabungu says:

    Buying maize within the country means the defeceit will still be there.ADMARC USE THE BILLIONS RESIPONSIBLY KOMANSO timalipiro ta antchito anu timamvetsa chisoni

  2. mlomwe2 says:

    INU PALIBE NZERU APA.I UNDERSTAND KUTI CHIMANGA NCHOCHEPA.THE QUESTION IS MUGULA CHIMANGA CHOCHEPACHOMWECHO NDICHOLINGA CHOTI MUTHANE NDINJALA????????? NOSENSE!!!! ALIMI CHONDE MUSAGULITSE CHIMANGA CHOCHEPA CHOMWE MWAKOLOLA MUNGAZALILIRE KUUTSI. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER BUYING MAIZE FROM ABROAD NGATI CHINGAPEZEKE SO THAT THE DEFICIT OF ONE MILLION METRICK TONES SHOULD NOT BE THERE.IF GOV DARES TO BUY WITHIN MALAWI I FEEL THE ONE MILLION METRICK TONES DEFICIT WILL REMAIN THEREFORE NJALA IZAVUTA.

  3. chigongota says:

    timve ziti bwampini ati 10 billion wina ati 4 billion mbava inu eti mxiii kungozolowela kuba agalang’ande

  4. Makeresia pawa says:

    Come to buy maize in Tanzania so as to improve our relationship as well as our economy!

  5. Peter Nkosi says:

    My understanding is that the country will not harvest enough maize for the coming year. Buying directly from the farmers is of course needed. But where will the shortfall come from. The silos? Outside? If the latter, is there funding to import maize, or will we be depending (as ever) on donors.

  6. Peter Nkosi says:

    Twice this article mentions “rooming hunger”. This will seen by foreigners who will raugh their heads off at Marawian Engrish.

  7. Boma likanasiya chimanga chomwe chilipo mudziko muno, nkukagula kunja. ichichi asiyire ma local citizens adzigulitsana. Likanaperekanso zipangizo zotsika mtengo kwa alimi amene ali ndi madimba, nkuwalimbikitsa kuchita ulimi wamthirira, pofuna kuchulukitsa chimangacho popita ku third quarter ya chaka chino.

  8. anyanya says:

    not rooming but looming mulibe ma editors kodi?

  9. mbani says:

    Zazii we want 92 billion and the return of donors full stop

  10. NGANALI KOMBWEKE says:

    Boma lonyopoletsa anthu bwino kambwiri, komabe chimangacho mugule kunja basi. Ndiye iwe chasika(chakwera) utokote zabwibwi zakozo. kodi kapena mrs cashgate ukumakuuza zochitika kapena munthu wofoira iwe? zako jzu tembo samatsusa mene ukuchitira iwe.

  11. Vaanwyk ku Mzuzu says:

    alimi amathawa kukagulisa maize s ku admarc kamba koti aboma amapanga mtengo ochepa eg k80/kg kupeleka ku admarc kut adzigula maize.

    akatelo alimi amagulisa kwa mavenda omwe ndowa ya 20kg amagula pa k2000 osati k1600 onga waku admarc.

    ma mp chonde ipatseni mtengo wabwino admarc kut alimi athamangile ku admarc.

    Vuto niloti pompano tiona a MULI kut atsekula tma buying points paliponse kumagula mmela.

  12. special advisor says:

    Since late 70s/early 80s it looks like there is a trend that goes in ten year cycles of bad weather bad harvest and food shortages. We should have figured out how to cope by now. But there seems to be a complete system failure. Famine early warning systems and vulnerability assessment committees are only supposed to feed into a larger process and trigger strategic decisions in good time….

  13. mwanapeter says:

    Koma boma ili ayi ndinthu. Boma loganizira anthu ili, ine zazicheka cheka coz peter ukutha kwambiri. Achakwera ngati anyau adzanu alima chimanga apha ma kwacha. Is this not improving living standard of pipo?. komanso ma vendor adya bwino. Ayi president peter mpaka 2024 woo, wakupasa chakudya ndiye wakukonda or wakuikira pafupi chakudya ndi mbuyako. Chakwera usalakhulenso za nkutu paja iwe unadzolowera kulandira chimanga cha masika. Ndipo ukanakhala wanzeru ukanaudza abusa adzizako kuti chaka chino no masika kuli njala.

  14. MPHWACHE says:

    The solution is not to buy maize from farmers, as indicated we have a shortage in maize production this year. We can do produce maize in the coming winter months through irrigation. Government must promote irrigation for this period by taking out all Government taxes on irrigation equipment be it hand pumps, petrol pumps, solar pumps and ancillaries so that we can produce supplement maize before the hunger season.

    1. Romeo Hastings Bandawe says:

      Kodi tikamati boma ligule chimanga kuchokera kwa alimi mu dziko mommuno, tikulondola? dzikolo lafufuzidwa lapezeka kuti lilibe chimanga chokwanira, ndiye tikuti chimanga chosakwanira chomwecho boma ligule likasiye ku admarc, zowona? bwanji osakagula ku maiko ena amene chingapezeke? bwanji osangolimbikitsa ulimi wamthirira, popereka mbewu, ndi zipangizo zina kwa alimi amene ali ndi madimba abwino, nkuwauza alimiwo kulimbikira kulima chimanga china mu nyengo ino?

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