Grain trader, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has increased the maize quota and customers will now be able to buy a full bag of maize weighing 50 kilogrammes.
Since its markets opened in October, Admarc has been rationing its maize and customers were only allowed to purchase 30 kilogrammes at any given time.
Confirming the development, Admarc Chief Executive Officer, Foster Mulumbe, said the change is with immediate effect and will be effected in all Admarc depots.
He said the decision was based on new developments at Admarc depots among them reduced control of market activities by vendors.
“When we introduced the rationing, our target was to punish the vendors, as they are the ones who bring disorder at the depots. But after monitoring the market since we opened, we have seen that there are no incidences of abuse,” Mulumbe said.
He said Admarc effects restrictive measures so that it can fulfill its mandate to serve the common man.
Mulumbe said the move is also meant to provide convenience to consumers as the country enters the festive season.
We want to prevent consumers from frequenting the depots, but rather to buy for a sustainable time. However, if the abuse starts, then we will revisit our decision,” he said.
Mulumbe maintained that the market already has 100,000 metric tonnes of maize in stock and that there is no need for panic.
He said the parastatal continues to receive maize which it bought from Zambia, Romania, Brazil and Mexico.
The imports are expected to boost food security as comparatively, in 2015, when Admarc opened its depots, it only had in stock 51,000 metric tonnes of which 21,000 metric tonnes were sourced locally