Tonnes of maize rot under Admarc nose

Admarc officials came under intense fire from parliamentarians on Tuesday after it was revealed that over 7,000 tonnes of maize under the care of the state produce company has rotten.

Acting general manager for Admarc Margaret Roka Mauwa told the joint Agriculture and Natural Resources cluster committee that the maize went bad due to moisture.

Mauwa: The maize rotted due to moisture

Mauwa said this means the government has wasted K1.7 billion due to the maize going bad.

Welani Chilenga, one of the legislators in the committee expressed concern that Admarc was still selling the discoloured maize to people and asked Admarc to destroy it as it can be a health hazardous.

But the Admarc CEO said the maize is only sold to companies which use it for animal feed.

Mauwa said Admarc needs K24 billion to buy all the maize, a process which she said is progressing well.

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Erick Mwale
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Erick Mwale

It is illogical that Traders are buying the said maize at MK100 per Kg and selling at MK190 to indians. Cant ADMARC advertise the sale and sale direct to the indians and reduce costs. Authorities please intervene and save taxpayers money.

Nzeruzambuli
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Nzeruzambuli

Never release a single coin to this organisation. No farmer is keeping maize at the moment . The maize which is in stock is enough to take us to next harvesting season.

Go to queens try to fix an extra x-Ray machine out of these 4 which are not working and purchase an MRI machine with that money.

The whole queens hospital is using only one x-Ray machine yet we call it a referal hospital what a shame

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

That is the problem when you appoint people based on nepotism.That C.E.O. post is too big for that lady.I know her.

Thako Linyada
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Thako Linyada

It could be that the rotten maize is not Admarc’s but some well connected business men exchanged their rotten maize for the good ones. One tends to wonder how come such a big tonnage could just rot like that without anybody’s knowledge. These days we don’t trust any politician doing maize trading.

Hatton
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Hatton

Njpapi, read the report carefully. The words “rotten” and ” discoloured” are used interchangeably. There is need to find out which is which. My argument is that should the correct position being rotten then the maize is not fit for human consumption because aflatoxin levels could be unacceptably high. Should the correct position be discoloured then the maize is fit for human consumption. The pounding of a sample selected randomly is aimed at establishing the correct position, be it rotten or discoloured. Avoid jumping on conclusions.

Maloya
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Maloya

Very wasteful government,pretending to be a rich country while poor people are suffering.President is in USA and he will bring nothing for his people in the village.

Hatton
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Hatton

…….during the very lean period of January and February at a discount.

Hatton
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Hatton

Reading from the article one would conclude that the maize is just discolored. Discolored maize is not the same as rotten maize. While rotten maize is not fit for human consumption, discolored maize is fit for human consumption. Discolored could occur because of heat, overstay and similar reasons. Discoloration is not very new it does happen in grain storage management. With the impending hunger, perhaps Admarc needs to hold on to this maize and sell it to the general public during the very lean period of January and February. As a test try to take, say 5 bags randomly and… Read more »

njpapi
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njpapi

KOMA MWAVA ZOMWE CEO WAYANKAHULA. THE CEO IS ADMITTING THAT THE MAIZE IS NO LONGER FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION BUT ANIMALS….Kumamvetsetsa makosanaaaaaaaaaa

chitima
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chitima

Chaponda and Kaloswe deal stil haunting us… this is another way of clearing the mess.. ADMARC boss must resign ,,,President must replace ADMARC BOARD ….Someone must be prosecuted for this stupidity … maiko akunja anagundika kutithandiza pa disaster ife titakhalira chimanga uku…CHAMBA ETI

Muhariwa
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Muhariwa

The problem with CEO of Admarc is that the woman doesnt listen to any advice the good practice of Maize Storage. We know quite well as why maize contained moisture and got rotten. It is obvious that the product in question was not fully dried before closed storage Or while it contained high content of moisture it went on fumigation process. We earlier had given a clear indication and advice as how this product should be stored and not thrown anyhow to the fumigators who will have no time for checking moisture content rather going straight into the gassing process… Read more »

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Tiyenazo Muhariwa.

ipiyana Nyasulu
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ipiyana Nyasulu

Chimanga akugulitsa ma DOBADOBA amene akumagulitsa ma vendor anzawo pa mtengo wokwera. Mabwana ndi Madobadoba akutafuna money heavy. Ofufuza fufuzani. ndagodutsa.Kuli mabvuto ku ADMARC.