FRA gets over­whelm­ing sup­port

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By SIMOM MUNTEMBA in Mpika

THE Food Re­serve Agency (FRA) has re­ceived over­whelm­ing re­sponse from farm­ers in Muchinga Prov­ince where the sale of maize is go­ing on well de­spite the price of the com­mod­ity be­ing pegged at K60 per 50kg bag.

A ran­dom check by the Daily Na­tion at var­i­ous FRA satel­lite de­pots in the Prov­ince found farm­ers wait­ing for their turn to trans­act their com­modi­ties.

And FRA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Chola Kafwab­u­l­ula said no maize bought will go to waste this time around as the agency has put up mech­a­nism to se­cure it.

He said that it was un­for­tu­nate that in the past gov­ern­ment lost huge sums of money in the wastage of crops, adding that the agency erected some se­cured stor­age fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure the grains were safe,

He fur­ther said that the agency was us­ing cer­ti­fied and cal­i­brated scales through­out the coun­try to en­sure farm­ers were not ex­ploited.

Mr Kafwab­u­l­ula who is in the prov­ince to tour all satel­lite de­pots in Muchinga to check on the qual­ity and quan­tity of maize bought so far, ex­pressed hap­pi­ness that the agency would soon meet the tar­get.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor urged farm­ers that were still hold­ing on to the com­mod­ity to sell to it dur­ing the on-go­ing buy­ing ex­er­cise which will end next month to avoid los­ing out.

"As FRA , when we are buy­ing maize from farm­ers un­like oth­ers, we are so trans­par­ent that we don't want to buy less or more than a 50kg. It has to be ex­actly 50kg.,” he said

He said maize bought from farm­ers in all satel­lite de­pots would be moved to se­cured stor­age fa­cil­i­ties like Finkuli de­pot in Lavashimanda district be­fore be­ing trans­ported to Lusaka to avoid crop wastage.

Mean­while, some of the farm­ers talked to said they opted to sell their maize to FRA be­cause of the good scal­ing sys­tem, adding that they did not in­cur any trans­port cost be­cause FRA bought their com­mod­ity in de­pots that were lo­cated near their homes.

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