Former member of Parliament Rhino Chiphiko has been appointed Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) General Manager (GM), Admarc Board Chairperson Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi has confirmed.
Dzonzi said Chiphiko had been appointed after emerging successful in an interview which was attended by more than 70 people and he would be called GM because the law does not recognise chief executive officer as a position within Admarc.
The board chair added that they expected the new GM to turn Admarc’s fortunes around so that it starts benefitting farmers and citizens in general rather than helping vendors who dupe farmers.
“We needed a mature and very conversant person to understand the new vision of Admarc. We, therefore, believe that Chiphiko is a mature economist who can help the new thinking of Admarc Board and turn around things,” he said.
Commenting on the development, Grain Traders and Processors Association of Malawi Chairperson Grace Mijiga Mhango said they expected the new Admarc leader to focus on revamping the marketing strategy for Admarc to make it a business entity.
“We have also noted that most leaders at the grain marketer are politically connected and make their decisions based on pressure from politicians, which robs the entity of its focus on development. We, therefore, expect him to delink himself from politics and focus on developing Admarc,” she said.
Admarc is an entity mandated by the country’s laws to purchase and resell farm produce.
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