The parliamentary committee on Agriculture is reprimanding the Government for its late inclusion of ADMARC as a supplier in the Affordable Input Programme-AIP.
ADMARC’s inclusion follows failure by most suppliers to establish selling points deep in the rural areas where most famers are.
Chairperson of the committee Sameer Suleman believes ADMARC with other government institutions, should have been prioritised to reach many beneficiaries.
Suleman has also questioned why ADMARC has only been given about 17 000 metric tones.
“Other private companies have been given over 30 000 tones and yet they are failing to do the job, so the question is why not prioritise government institutions such as ADMARC and SFFRFM which have enough capacity?” Suleman asked.
Recently, Principle Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Erica Maganga, told the Agriculture Committee, that her ministry is working with the treasury so that the government should be given a guarantee for ADMARC to borrow money from banks for the procurement of inputs.
Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and the agriculture committee of parliament have embarked on a tour of some Districts to assess the situation and appreciate challenges being faced.
Following the tour, some selling points have been closed for selling underweight bags of inputs.