Vocal opposition legislators have given rare applause to government for putting in place a vibrant system that would ensure every Malawian has a plateful food up to March next year, the next harvest season.
Chairman of the parliamentary Agriculture and Natural Resources Felix Jumbe said on Friday he was amazed to see well stocked National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) silos in Kanengo, Lilongwe contrary to the views the committee held before the surprise visit.
“We are very impressed, from what we have seen, people should not panic. They have enough food, this is rare,” said Jumbe.
This is a rare applause to the Peter Mutharika administration which had received severe criticism in parliament from Jumbe and other opposition Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party backbenchers, in the way the government is handling the impending food crisis situation.
National Food Reserve Agency general manager Nasimuko Saukira said his organisation is despatching 1, 000 metric tonnes of maize per day or 24 trucks full of maize to all Admarc and other designated selling points.
He said there are 50000 metric tonnes in the silos, enough to take the country through to the next harvest season.
Saukira said the government instructed NFRA to distribute 27000 metric tonnes of maize to World Food Programme out of which 16000 metric tonnes has been given the last consignment will be given before the end of the month.
The World Food Programme is giving relief food to close to 3 million Malawians.