Blantyre, ADMARC Monday said the process of buying maize from local farmers in the country this year is progressing well.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre, Public Relations Officer (PRO) for ADMARC, Agnes Chikoko Ndovi said her organisation was purchasing maize from farmers at K170 per kilogramme.
She said farmers have responded well and are satisfied with the current pricing unlike before the ADMARC markets were opened the price was as low as K50 per kg.
ADMARC is targeting small holder farmers therefore only unit markets in the rural areas are opened for maize purchases, Ndovi pointed out.
She denied the rumors that were circulating that ADMARC was buying one bag per individual farmer.
ADMARC has no limitation of number of bags to be bought from a farmer but anything above 10 bags at once would raise eyebrows considering the land holding size of smallholder farmers. Ndovi said.
She explained that this year, funds permitting, ADMARC will buy as much as 20,000 to 30,000 metric tonnes of maize.
So far, the challenges ADMARC is facing are middlemen trying to sale to ADMARC to benefit from the price of K 170, the PRO said.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA