The Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has suspended maize sales at some of its depots including Zingwangwa in Blantyre and some sources are suspecting that the parastatal may adjust its prices soon.
But while confirming the suspension, Admarc Publicist, Agness Chikoko, dismissed the fears arguing that the grain marketer is still selling the staple at K110 per kilogramme.
Chikoko said Admarc has suspended sales at some of its depots to give way to the process of purchasing maize from farmers so that the Corporation can restock its reserves.
“That is why you will find that in some areas we have suspended sales. However, in areas where there is food shortage, we are in still in operation. If you go to the depots that am talking about, you will find our prices have not changed. They are still the subsidies ones,” she said.
But our investigations have also establishes that some institutions like boarding schools are buying the same maize from Admarc at K8,770 per 50 kilogramme bag.
And in her explanation, Chikoko said institutional buying is a different case.
“We will make an announcement when we adjust our prices. You should also understand that the price we are buying from the farmers is not the same as that of last year.