ZNFU predicts low maize output

FARMERS in a maize field.

MOST farmers are likely to grow maize for domestic consumption due to the reduced price of the commodity in the previous marketing season, says the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU).

In the last marketing season, most farmers were selling a 50 kilogramme (kg) bag of maize at K60, following the maize floor price announcement by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

However, farmers argued that they spent more money on producing maize due to the high cost of inputs and recouped less from the K60.
ZNFU media and public relations manager Calvin Kaleyi said in response to a press query recently, that some farmers also faced challenges in the crushed commodity prices for soya beans, which dropped from K5 per kg to K1.20, and later K2 per kg.
“As ZNFU we believe that as we start the 2017/2018 farming season, farmers will still grow the staple crop maize, with the majority growing this for own consumption as sales haves not yet fully recovered from…

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