State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) says it is engaging farmers groups and cooperatives to forge a mutual commercial working relationship.
The move will see Admarc selling farm inputs such as fertiliser, seeds and equipment to associations and cooperatives to produce in bulk and sell all the produce to Admarc at government recommended prices.
Admarc Central Region manager Davie Masache said this in Dowa on Saturday when the parastatal paid K10 million to Mdapepuka Farmers Association after it produced and sold maize in bulk to Admarc.
He said: “We are currently calling upon all farmers associations and cooperatives to contact us at Admarc if they have maize in bulk or any other crop. We will visit them and buy everything right from where they are.
He said since this is a new intiative, Admarc is working with five cooperatives in the Central Region and has also entered into an agreement with eight large-scale farmers.
Mdapepuka Farmers Association secretary Benamu Kanyenje said the coming in of Admarc assures them of ready markets and better prices.
He said many farmers have over the past years not been taking farming seriously because they were being exploited by unscrupulous vendors.