Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has urged Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to consider increasing its depots to help in the prevention of Coronavirus.
The remarks were made during a donation of oxygen cylinders by Admarc to the Ministry of Health to help in the fight against the Covid pandemic.
Admarc announced last week that it has started selling maize in it’s depots to help the under privileged have food amid economic shocks from the pandemic.
Kandodo Chiponda said the depots are likely to be crowded because people will be flocking to purchase maize, hence the need to increase the depots so that there are limited numbers of people at the depots.
“I made an appeal for them to increase the number of depots because, with the measures we have put in place, we do not want people to travel long distances and gather in large numbers,” she said.
The minister also gave thanks to the grain marketer for its contribution to the fight against the pandemic by reducing maize prices and the donation.
Reacting to the request by the minister, Admarc Board Chairperson Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi said they follow the preventive measures.
On the donation, Kusamba Dzonzi said they understand the need to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.
“Admarc is not financially finer but our focus is to what extent we can help because this is a company for smallholder farmers and this pandemic has not spared them and we cannot watch while they are struggling in hospitals,” he said.
The donation of cylinder is worth K2.9 million.
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