Consider FRA, Petauke farmers urged

PETAUKE district commissioner Velenasi Moyo has called on farmers in the district to consider selling part of their maize crop to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) despite private buyers offering a higher amount.
Currently, FRA is buying a 50 kilogramme bag of maize at K85 while the private buyers are buying at between K90 and K120.
Ms Moyo said it is the duty of Government to ensure that the country is food-secure and as such, farmers need to sell part of their crop to the agency for it to fulfil its mandate to keep strategic reserves for the country.
“You [farmers] need to sell part of your maize to FRA in spite of the private buyers offering a much higher market price. The agency’s duty is to ensure that the country is food-secure and cater for the unforeseen circumstances.
“I would also like to thank the District Farmers Association (DFA) for their positive contribution and continued support towards the development of farming in the district as evidenced by a number of activities being implemented by the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) through the DFA,” she said in the ZNFU Friday brief.
Meanwhile, farmers on the Copperbelt say that private buyers in the province are offering a higher amount than FRA and paying immediately resulting in the agency not being able to buy the commodity.

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