Maize prices sour as Malawi reserves hit record low: Traders hoarding grain

Maize prices continue to sour especially in the country’s major cities as traders are hoarding the commodity in anticipation of higher prices during the lean period.

Maize crisis looms: NFRA says to start replenishing

Agriculture activist Tamani-Nkhono Mvula has asked the government to release maize from the strategic grain reserves to stabilize the grain prices.

“The traders are hoarding the maize in anticipation for good prices in January or February,” said Nkhono.

The country’s Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) is reportedly facing a record low and State produce trader Admarc is failing to stock up.

National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) , which manages SG, should have had 217 000 metric tonnes (MT) comprising 95 000 MT buffer stocj, 8 000MT emergency stock, 76 000 MT safety net stock for non-emergency response and 38 000MT stabilisation stock. But NFRA has in stock 25 000MT.

Maize prices went up by more than two per cent in October alone.

NFRA chief executive officier Nasimuko Saukira  said the agency  would replenish the stocks of the staple this month.

“We are taking correct measures,” he said.

Admarc board chairperson Felix  Jumbe said businesses are doing an “import parity price” and looking how they are able to fetch if they are to export.

“If price is lowee, you will find them having a hoarding effect,” he said.

Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito said Malawians should brace for tougher times as maize prices will continue to rise.

He said the government seems to be helpless on the traders who are hoarding the country’s staple food.

The  inadequate maize stocks is pushing grain prices by day, raising fears of another hunger.

Citizens are calling on government to replenish the stocks through local purchases or importation in case of unforeseeable humanitarian needs.

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Hend
Hend
10 months ago

Useless reporting. Go back to class

Troy
Troy
10 months ago

Cant Malawians survive without maize?come onits time to find another option cause maize is not even good for health

Don
Don
10 months ago

Soar NOT sour

Nkhutche
Nkhutche
10 months ago

Sour from where to where? Whats the range of price now? What kind of reporting is this?

MPHANGALA
MPHANGALA
10 months ago
Reply to  Nkhutche

Funso lako lafanana ndi langa

bwampini
bwampini
10 months ago
Reply to  MPHANGALA

ndipo. sakunenanso mtengo wa chimanga. kungopereka fear among malawians. can you mention some of the business people akusunga chimangawo. za ziiii.

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