‘Delays can depress farmers’

Delays in paying farmers who have sold their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) can “undo the growth recorded in the agriculture sector,” the Zambia National Farmers Union, presidents Evelyn Nguleka said.
FRA has only paid out about K43. 6 million out of a total of about K263.5 million owed to farmers for the crops sold to the agency since the start of the marketing season, representing 16.5 percent of the purchased crop.
Dr Nguleka said it was regrettable that every year, farmers had to experience the same challenges during the maize marketing season regarding the FRA breaching its 10 to 14-day payment window and nothing much seems to have been done to address the problem.

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