Malawi Govt takes stock of maize with private sector

Officials from Agriculture Sector Wide Approach (Aswap) say the government and other stakeholders in agriculture are set to take stock of maize in the hands of the private sector.

Children scavenge for maize floor at a maize mill in the hunger stricken southern district of Chikwawa. Photo: Thoko Chikondi

National coordinator of Aswap Nelson Mataka said there are reports of illegal exports of the grain.

“Very soon, experts will be quantifying maize in private sector warehouses because news of the illegal exportation of maize is very disturbing,” he said.

He said the exercise will start very soon. Mataka said most of the vendors are using Chitipa and Karonga border posts to illegally export maize.

Government ban on maize exports still stands despite the fact that an assessment on maize shows this year the country is set for a bumper yield.

Last year, at least 6.5 million needed emergency food aid following drought in other areas and heavy flooding in some areas.

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