Farmers in Mangochi have expressed worry on the conduct of ADMARC management for keeping them too long outside with their bags of maize for sale.
This comes at a time when government has allocated about 9 billion kwacha to buy maize from farmers as one way of empowering them and to have more food in the depots.
Radio Islam visited several sites in Mangochi and has found that farmers have been waiting for two weeks in the depots.
Chairperson for concerned farmers in Mangochi Dyton Phiri said they are worried with what is happening as they have been waiting for many days hoping that their maize will be bought
“It is very unfortunate for the farmers to be treated like that because some of them have been waiting on the sun and walked a distance of 70 kilometers to reach the depot.
“We cannot go back home to be waiting for ADMARC to start buying the maize because we have no transport,”Phiri said.
Phiri added that they also saw the vehicle belonging to ADMARC on the gate around midnight with bags of maize which gives them assurance that some officials are using the money to buy maize for themselves.
Radio Islam tried to hear from public relations officer for Ministry of Agriculture Priscilla Mateyu who referred us to chief executive officer of ADMARC Felix Jumbe who has not been picking our calls despite several attempts.