Blantyre — President Joyce Banda says people should not panic with hunger as the country currently has 137,000 metric tonnes of maize.
President Banda said this in Zomba on Sunday during the elevation of Senior Chief Mlumbe at Namadidi Trading Centre ground.
The President said shortly the country shall embark on relief food distribution as she has already sourced some maize from well wishers.
"I was in America for the past weeks, but people had been calling me to come back home because of cash-gate scandals.
"I was quiet there since I was discussing with potential donors on other issues. I have been confirmed today (Sunday) that America will give us US$18 million to be used to buy relief maize in our country.
"Above all, America has already bought 10,000 metric tonnes of maize from our neighbouring country.
"Not only that, soon our country shall also receive 25,000 metric tonnes from the same country," President Banda assured Malawians in the country.
The president said her enemy is not a human being as others suggest, but rather its hunger, maternal deaths, poverty among others.
She said in the past, authorities were reluctant to declare that the country is facing acute shortage of food without considering that by doing so they were putting lives of people in danger.
The first citizen said the distribution of relief maize shall target all districts, Zomba inclusive as the district is also food insecure.
Dr. Banda said it is her wish to see that the country has enough food that should last for the whole year.
"Next week I will launch Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP), this programme has always been producing fruits.
"I will do anything I can to ensure that our country is food secure," added President Joyce Banda.
She has since called on people to continue working hard in order to complement government efforts in development.