Part of the 100,000 metric tonnes of maize which government has imported from Zambia has started arriving in the country while, according to Admarc, the consignment from Romania will be arriving soon through the Nacala Corridor.
Members of Parliament (MPs) have for the past week been tussling with Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda, on the country’s food situation with most of them demanding assurances that their constituents will not die from hunger.
Yesterday, Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Chief Executive Officer, Foster Mulumbe, said last Saturday 341 tonnes of maize had arrived at the corporation’s Area 4 depot while another 420 tonnes were being offloaded into the warehouses.
When we visited the depot yesterday morning, several trucks with Zambian registration numbers were offloading maize with most, if not all, bags marked “Zambia Cooperative Federation Limited-White Maize”.
Mulumbe said 25 to 30 trucks were also on their way from Malawi’s western neighbour which had initially said it would not be exporting any maize.
Mulumbe also said Admarc is discussing with the supplier to involve Malawian transporters in the deal.
“Our contract with the supplier is that the maize has to be delivered at our Lilongwe Depot and we have noted that all the transporters are Zambian. We have engaged the supplier to ensure that Malawian transporters also benefit,” Mulumbe said.
He said everything is under control to ensure that the deliveries are timely.
He added that the corporation is not panicking because it has a lot of maize in almost all its depots which it procured locally.
“In fact, what we are buying from outside the country, I can say, are just buffer stocks so that we should be not caught unawares should things get bad,” he said.
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