No vending on ADMARC maize- Govt

Written by  Mc Donald Gondwe

Government has warned to deal with any unscrupulous behavior by some private maize traders who buy maize in Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) deports for reselling.


Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango issued the warning at Baka Primary School in Karonga district during a development rally.


The remark follows a growing concern over the tendency by some private maize dealers who take advantage of government’s low prized maize in ADMARC selling points and make more profit.


"We know you and government is aware of all the tricks you use to purchase large quantities of maize which you later sell it at very high prices," noted Mhango.


"Some of you have even reached an extent of hiring some poor Malawians to buy maize in government depots which ironically is resold to the same Malawians at a profit," added Mhango.

While describing the tendency as selfish, the minister warned of serious action towards the perpetrators.


The government spokesperson took advantage of the rally which also marked the end of maize distribution exercise the Democratic Progressive Party Northern chapter has been donating in the hospitals in the northern region to assure the nation of food security in the country.


"As government has always said and we will continue to say; we have enough maize hence there is no need to panic of hunger, yes! We may have some logistical problems but that’s no big issue as we know the right buttons to touch, we have enough in our reserves," highlighted Mhango.


Member of Parliament for Karonga North Constituency who is also Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Vincent Ghambi also hinted against the malpractice.


"We have been hearing about these rumors for quite some time but this time we are going to act because it is the same practice which sends a wrong signal to other people regarding maize situation in the country,” said Ghambi.


The ministers coupled with Presidential Advisor on Capacity Building and Governance, Nick Masewo and other top government officials, local leaders among others emphasized that the government will not tolerate some behaviors that deem to demean the able government and tarnish the goals of the State President on food availability in the country.


Meanwhile, it is reported that all ADMARC depots across the country are supplied with maize on weekly basis or sometimes twice a week depending on the demand.

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