The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is calling on companies and individuals who have local maize from 2013/2014 harvesting season to submit to express interest to sell the maize at a maximum of K95 000 per metric tonnes.
According to the agency, the maize should meet the generic NFRA maize quality specifications and the offer should state where the maize is for purposes of quality and quantity verification before full orders can be concluded between for NFRA and seller.
–Maize production down by 27.7 percent–
Last month Malawi said the results of 2014/15 Agriculture Production estimates show a decrease of 27.7 percent of maize production in the country.
Maize production has decreased from 3.9 million metric tons realized in 2013/14 Agricultural season to 2.9 million tons in the current season.
This decline is mainly attributed to floods and prolonged dry spell that the country experienced in the course of the season.
As such, he said, the implication of the reduction in maize production is that the country will have a maize deficit of 123,340 tons.
The results also shows the decrease in other major food crops such as rice, cassava and sorghum while sweet and Irish potatoes have increased their production.
Cash crops such as pulses have registered a slight increase while cotton and Ground nuts have decreased.
The buying of maize is widely seen as one of mitigation measures to avert the looming hunger.