According to Farmers Union of Malawi-FUM, currently some buyers and middlemen are purchasing the country’s staple food at between 50 to 80 Kwacha per Kilogram against a minimum set price of 170-Kwacha per Kilogram.
Speaking at the 13th annual congress of the union, FUM President Alfred Banda said they are hoping that ADMARC will purchase their produce at a good price.
Responding to the concerns, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha assured farmers that ADMARC will soon commence the purchase of Maize.
The conference is being held under the theme: Agriculture Structural Transformation for Sustainable Economic Growth.
Meanwhile, government has announced that with immediate effect ADMARC and the National Food Reserve Agency-NFRA will start purchasing maize from all traders.
A statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says that maize exports will only be allowed after the NFRA has purchased enough maize to satisfy the strategic grain reserve requirement.