Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda accused presidential aide Symon Vuwa Kaunda of lying that Malawi will only import maize when grain marketro Admarc exhaust buying local stocks from buyers.
Kaunda made the remarks in Mzuzu after touring ADMARC depot.
He claimed Malawi has “a lot of maize”.
Vuwa Kaunda said: “ if local stocks are not adequate, government will import from countries as far as Brazil and Canada .”
But Chaponda said people are being told things that aren’t correct and sadly by Presidential Advidor.
“Admarc is geared to import 100,000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia and also 300,000 tonnes from Ukraine,” said Chaponda.
He indicated that President Peter Mutharika’s aide was peddling on lies regards maize situation, saying Malawi government has already paid for maize to be imported from neighoring Zambia.
President Mutharika early this year declared a state of national disaster over food shortages caused by erratic climate conditions. Malawi is one of several African countries affected by El Nino.
In February, WFP warned that Malawi could face the worst food crisis in decades. At the time, the price of maize, the main staple food, was already 60 percent above the country’s three year average.