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Admarc accused of refusing to buy Phalombe farmers’ produce

Written by  Grecium Gama

Phalombe, July 17, 2017: Farmers in Phalombe have raised concerns over the conduct of Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Clerks in the district, who are allegedly buying vendors’ maize while refusing to buy farmers’ produce despite government’s campaign that is encouraging farmers to sell maize to Admarc and not to vendors.

In an interview on Saturday with Malawi News Agency (Mana), one of the farmers, Joel Makuluni, of Likaka village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkhumba alleged that he was turned back he tried to sell his maize at Phalombe Boma Admarc.

“When I went to Phalombe Boma Admarc to sell my 20 bags of maize, clerks told me that current government regulations are not allowing them to buy more than one bag of maize from a single farmer; however we have been seeing vendors from Phalombe Boma offloading bags of maize from a truck,” said Makuluni.

Another farmer, Joseph Seven, from Namalima Village in T/A Nazombe told Mana that he too, was turned back with his 10 bags of maize at Tamani Admarc.

“If our markets are not willing to buy our produce in larger quantities, it is better if government allows us to continue exporting the maize because there are good markets in Mozambique,” Seven suggested.

ADMARC officials in the district refused to comment on the issue when Mana sought their side of the story.

Commenting on the matter, Chairperson for Phalombe District Council, Alex Malata, said he was aware of the manipulations happening at Admarc Markets in the district but he is yet to discuss the issue with council members to map a way forward.

“We are going to call for an emergency full council meeting to discuss the issue as soon as possible because our farmers depend on their farm produce, as such, it is unfair to deny them access to these markets,” said Malata.

Phalombe is one of the districts from which farm produce such as rice, maize and beans are produced at a large scale.

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