Small scale farmers in various parts of Mkushi District , Central Province , have urged government to consider opening of more Food Reserve Agency (FRA) depots in the area.
Mr Veston Lukona of Chibefwe agricultural camp says this is because many farmers are eager to sell their maize to the FRA in view of its K150 floor price per 50 Kilogramme.
ZANIS reports that speaking on behalf of his colleagues in an interview, Mr Lukona said that farmers in the area are of the view that unless the FRA depots begin operating soon, briefcase buyers would take advantage to buy their produce cheaply.
He observed that such a situation would suit the farmers as they would have favourable option to sell their maize to both Government’s FRA or private buyers.
Meanwhile, the Mkushi Agriculture Marketing Office discloses that the FRA had put in place all the necessary logistics at the 16 satellite depots that are to be used during this marketing season.
The said office however said that the FRA had not confirmed on a date for opening the depots to maize buying operations, citing the issue of moisture content in the maize.
17,094 small scale farmers in the area benefitted from the Farmer Input Support Program for the 2020-2021 season and the 2021-2022 season. – ZANIS