Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has asked government to give a specific date when the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) will begin buying crops from farmers.
The request has been made by FUM’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jacob Nyirongo, who was commenting on President Chakwera’s recommitment to ensure that ADMARC has adequate funding and is opened as soon as possible.
Nyirongo told YFM that even though President Chakwera’s promise is a welcome development, it would be even better if government gave specific dates so farmers know exactly when they are selling their crops.
“What we would have loved as Farmers Union of Malawi is for ADMARC not to wait till very late, and to give indication in terms of which month.
“For instance, the tobacco sector they are very specific they say they will say we will open the tobacco market on this date.
“We would like the government to come very clear and not just say early we would like the government to be very specific in terms of the month and even the date when ADMARC will come on the market,” said Nyirongo.
On March 28, 2021, President Chakwera while addressing the nation indicated that he would make sure that ADMARC has sufficient funding and the market opens early.