Veep says Malawi has enough maize in reserves

Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, says Malawi has enough stocks of maize in its grain reserves to help feed the citizenry from now till the next rainy season.

The Vice President said this on Monday afternoon when he made a visit to the maize silos at Kanengo in Lilongwe to inspect the amount of maize available in stock at the grain keeping facility.

Speaking briefly to members of the press after touring the maize reserves, the Vice President said he was encouraged by what he had seen and assured the nation that government will do all it can to make sure that maize is available throughout the year.

“I came here to inspect the amount of maize that they have in stock as of today.

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“I’m pleased to inform the nation that here at Kanengo there is 54, 000 metric tonnes of maize for Malawi government and 10, 000 metric tonnes which the government has given to the World Food Programme as a contribution so that they can start distributing it to those households who are experiencing food shortages,” said Kachali.

Asked on fears expressed by some sections of society who say the amount of maize that is available is not enough to feed the Malawi nation, Kachali said there is no reason for such fears considering maize stocks are available.

“We have about 64, 000 metric tonnes and this shows that we have maize in Malawi. I’m talking in reference to the amount of maize that I have found here today at this facility, as you are aware that the silos will be undergoing rehabilitation to increase the space,” he said.

Kachali said government will make sure that maize is found in every corner of the country even during the lean periods so that no household should experience food shortages.

“The National Food Reserve Agency (NRA) has got warehouses in Mzuzu, Limbe, Lunchenza and in all these facilities there is maize and on top of that in all ADMARC depots now we are moving maize (to areas it is needed), as am speaking now 8, 500 metric tonnes have already been given to ADMARC.

“They are moving it in the strategic depots this is in line with the vision of this administration to make sure that maize is available and we will make sure that maize is delivered even in the hard to reach areas before the rainy season starts,” he said.

Such reports come as a good news as there are general fears in the country that there may be problems of food shortages in some parts of the country as a result of sporadic rainfall which was experienced in some areas in the last growing season.

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