Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) has purchased over 8, 500 metric tons of maize from the small-holder farmers since the opening of the market on April 14.
ADMARC spokesperson, Agnes Ndovi, told YFM Online in an interview that the grain marketer is currently satisfied with the progress of this year’s market.
She said: “Since the market was opened on April 14, the progress has been good because we have received overwhelming response from the small holder farmers in all the four regions of the country and just a month down the line we have managed to buy more tons of maize, soya and cotton.”
Ndovi advised farmers to refrain from selling their produce to dubious buyers who offer them lower prices and other items rather than money.
She further said all the ADMARC markets have committees made up of Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson and village heads who are responsible for ensuring that no dubious activities are taking place.
The committees also assist in ensuring that health measured are being followed in the markets to avoid the spreading of corona virus by among other things ensuring that social distance is observed.
This year government set a minimum price of maize at K200 per kilogram.