By Wezzie Gausi:
The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has rehabilitated its Lilongwe and Mangochi silos, which have had problems for the past years.
According to NFRA Chief Executive Officer, Nasinuku Saukira, a European Union report indicated that it could cost K10 billion to renovate the two silos but it cost them K250 million to fix the main silos in Lilongwe.
He said there were problems with leakages as the silos had big holes on the roof.
“The Agency has managed to rehabilitate the silos which used to cause us headaches during the rainy season. On the other hand, the plant and machinery at Kanengo silos were also in bad shape. With the little resources, we have managed to fix the problems,” Saukira said.
He said, going forward, they are ready to renovate the silos in Luchenza Municipality and Mzuzu City.
NFRA has managed to maintain 76 functional motors for the whole plant in Lilongwe, 18 belt conveyors and nine chain conveyors.
In a related development, Agricultural Development and Markerting Corporation (Admarc) spokesperson, Agness Chikoko Ndovie, said they have already fumigated their warehouses.
She said the market has enough space to carter for various crops they are purchasing.
“We hope the crops will be safe,” Ndovie said.
In recent years, Admarc has lost its dominance of the grain market, which has seen farmers complaining bitterly as the development has given room to private traders who usually purchase commodities from the farmers at lower cost but resale them to the public at exorbitant price.