Admarc continues to be a playground for dubious and shady deals.
Today in this newspaper we are reporting that Admarc owes Alliance Capital a whopping K2.8 billion which was meant to procure maize yet what is on Admarc books is only 2,609,444 kilogrammes of maize worth over K652 million.
Further this maize was not even delivered in Admarc depots but somewhere else.
All this comes against a backdrop of last year’s maize importation from Zambia where Admarc was at the centre of another dubious scam through which laws were broken in the procurement.
It cost the job of a whole former Minister of Agriculture Dr George Chaponda and as we are speaking there is a court case raging in which the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is accusing him of abuse of office in favour of a private company Transglobe to import maize on behalf of Admarc.
As if this was not enough, today we are reporting yet of another scandal at Admarc, again deeply rooted in possible corruption and cutting of corners in the administration of a loan to Admarc by a private investor.
There is no debate that the once vibrant grain buyer and seller is down on its knees and stripped to the bare bones yet no one seems to pay attention in government not just for the survival of Admarc but taking into consideration the importance of the parastatal to the rural economy, among other things.
The rural economy has virtually collapsed in this country.
Tobacco, once a cash crop that made rural farmers smile all the way to the bank, has changed colours that the poor farmers have been made tenants on their farms through a system called contract farming that buyers are championing.
The rural folks are left helpless and you would have thought that someone in government would have made sure Admarc stays vibrant if only for it to offer an alternative market to other crops especially for the rural folks.
This is not happening and nobody seems to care.
Can someone in government pay attention to Admarc and stop the senseless butchering it is suffering at the expense of the well being of the country and the poor farmers.
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