Malawi Govt tells national grain company to ration maize sells

Government has ordered Admarc to ration maize sales in this food lean period.
Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale said Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has been ordered to restrict maize sales to a maximum of 25 kilogrammes amid reports of hunger and shortage of the staple grain in this food lean period.

Minister Sam Kawale MP
Kawale made the announcement in Parliament in Lilongwe on Tuesday in response to concerns from members of Parliament (MPs) on the hunger situation in the country and rising prices of maize on the market.
He said the country’s development partners have helped government in redeeming 50 000 metric tonnes (MT) of maize held by NBS Bank plc as collateral for loans the State produce trader owed. He said this will help alleviate hunger in the country.
The maize stock has since been put under the Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) and there are plans to procure an additional 100 000 MT with support from the development partners, according to the minister.
Kawale said: “Government and development partners are also working on redeeming maize under CDH Investment Bank.

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