Minister admits Malawi grain marketor Admarc is ineffective

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Prof. Peter Mwanza on Thursday admitted that Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is ineffective and needs to be revamped in order to meet people’s demands.

Prof. Mwanza was responding to a question asked in parliament by Chitipa North parliamentarian, Nick Masebo asking government to look into mechanisms that would bring Admarc back to its olden days, when it used to be effective and people, especially in the rural areas, were able to buy and sell products.

“I would like to tell this august house that indeed Admarc isn’t that effective as it used to be and government is so keen to revamp the organization so that people should be able to buy and sell their products in their respective Admarc depots.

“It’s of great concern that Admarc has been failing to meet the demands of rural masses, but let people be assured that government is in the process of revamping it,” Mwanza said.

Mwanza: Government is in the process of revamping ADMARC

He further explained that government is committed to meeting the people’s demands more especially in remotest areas to provide Admarc services across the country, saying it (Admarc) plays important role in providing basic needs to rural dwellers.

“Government is so much committed to ensuring that people have access to basic needs through Admarc. As such, the Ministry will look into this issue with utmost attention,” he explained.

During mid 1990’s, Admarc was vibrant in all parts of the country as people could buy and sell their commodities. This hasn’t been the case of late as Admarc depots, in many areas, are closed.

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