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NFRA opens maize purchase to the public

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Lilongwe, September 25: The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has announced that it has abandoned the tendering process in the purchase of maize and therefore allowing the public to directly sell their stock to the agency.

According NFRA Chief Executive Officer, Nasinuku Saukila, the decision to adopt the open process will not only enable Malawians to sell their maize but also empower them economically.

“A decision has been made to offer a flat price of K130 per Kilogram or K130, 000 per Metric Ton,” said Saukila adding that sellers will be required to present their stock at NFRA’s three depots of Kanengo, Bangula and Kazomba without any restrictions as long as the maize fulfils our quality specifications.

“The maize will go through necessary checks to make sure that it meets our required quality specification thus the maize has to be dry and clean among others. If we are satisfied, payment will be made within 10 days,” he said.

Earlier this month, NFRA announced that part of it restocking plans for 2017/18, it had opened direct procurement through tender to cater for both small and large-scalefarmers and the corporate world.

According to Saukila, the process received an overwhelming public response to readily supply the commodity hence the decision to change from the restricted to an open approach.

NFRA currently has about 42,000 metric tons of maize in stock.

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