By Imamu Wali:
Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF) Wednesday started selling cheap maize in Ntcheu District where people bought a 50 kilogramme (kg) bag at K5,000 or K100 per kg.
Currently, maize is being sold at K20,000 per 50 kg bag by most vendors across the country whereas Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is selling the staple food at K350 per kg.
Bushiri’s spokesperson, Ephraim Nyondo, said the initiative will be extended to Salima, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Mwanza and Mzimba districts.
Wednesday, a mammoth crowd bought the maize for one hour and 30 minutes at Ntcheu Boma and the markets are expected to resume today.
“We have a good store and the maize will be sold at K5,000 which is a bit fair to ordinary Malawians. We are trying as much as possible to reach many people who have been affected by hunger situation,” Nyondo said.
One of the buyers Emma Masanjala from Eneah Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in the district said purchasing the maize at K5,000 was a relief to many households amidst the hunger crisis.
“The maize is being sold at the cheapest price. This is the price which we were supposed to be buying maize at Admarc depots but we thank Shepherd Bushiri for walking his talk. This is, indeed, coming at a time many Malawians are facing acute food shortage,” she said.
In his statement on Tuesday, Bushiri said this is not a political move but rather an initiative to help Malawians facing acute number.