Financially-stressed Admarc fails to buy Nandolo, foul play suspected

State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) says it has no money to buy pigeon peas  (Nandolo) barely two weeks after government announced that the crop  prices have been raised to K230 per kilogram from just K100 per kilogram.

The pigeon peas

A survey by Nyasa Times in some Admarc depots in Nandolo growing areas of Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe and Chiradzulu, aming others show that Admarc officials are turning away farmers with their produce.

The survey indicate that Admarc has no money and capacity to buy all nandolo produce contrary to the announcement made by the government whilst in Blantyre, Admarc depots are buying the produce from rich, influential and highly connected businessmen who bring their produce in trucks.

Allen Sichali, a marketing officer at Phalombe main Admarc depot confirmed state run produce company just bought 50 bags of nandolo due to lack of money.

“We have run out of money so we are turning away those with the produce,” he said.

A lady farmer said she has sold her nandolo to a vendor at K50 per kilogram after Admarc turned her away.

Minister of Agriculture Joseph Mwanamvekha said the problem is with Admarc not the government.

“The government gave Admarc all the money so if they have problems, it is nothing to do with the government,” he said.

Admarc is struggling financially and had to seek financial bail out from Treasury to buy maize from farmers.

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Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Do not just rush to condemn. The market officer indicated that the market had run out of money NOT that Admarc had run out of money. Admarc markets are scattered across the country in very remote areas with huge security risks. Admarc has to fund such markets with amounts that should minimise risks. For a market to run out of money at some point during crop purchase is normal.

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The president has no clue about what is happening in the country and that’s he makes pronouncements that can’t be followed through. In any case no one listens to him any more. Not in his own party and not in the government. He has condemned castigation and vilification of political leaders in the opposition and yet his won party leaders do the opposite. He has instructed that Admarcc buys nandolo from farmers and Admarc won’t implement the instruction under the disguise that there is no money. There is no way this would have happened under Kamuzu. If it had to… Read more »

BigMan
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DPP is dead.

Professional Simurai
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Professional Simurai

Terrible response from Minister of Agriculture, Malawi is a criminal enterprise

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