November 29, 2016 by Staff Reporter
The Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) Chief Executive Officer, Foster Mulumbe has allayed fears of a maize shortage in the Malawi , saying that the country has enough maize stock in all ADMARC depots.
According to Mulumbe, government procured a total of 100,000 metric tons of maize from Zambia which will be distributed in the northern and central regions.
“We are not panicking because all our warehouses across the country are full of maize procured locally and what we are bringing in right now is additional stock just so that we should be prepared,” said Mulumbe
Addressing the nation last week, President Professor Peter Mutharika said the country has sufficient grain for both humanitarian response purposes and commercial purposes.
“Government, in collaboration with humanitarian partners, developed the 2016/2017 Food Insecurity Response Plan to guide the response program. The response is in two modalities: in-kind food transfer, targeting 4,751,862 people and cash transfers, targeting 1,734,806 people.
“Government, using its own resources and support from partners, has sourced a total of 276,742 metric tons of humanitarian relief maize that will cater for all the food insecure people needing humanitarian food assistance,” Mutharika said.
Malawi is experiencing its worst food insecurity crisis in over a decade with 8.4 million people affected and 6.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.