Farm­ers should be wary about brief­case buy­ers

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Dear Edi­tor,

THE rainy sea­son is now over and farm­ers are har­vest­ing their pro­duce par­tic­u­larly maize for the 2017/2018 farm­ing sea­son.

The pre­vi­ous rainy sea­son was char­ac­terised by drought in some parts of Zam­bia.

Lusaka Province is one of the provinces which was ad­versely af­fected by drought in that it started re­ceiv­ing rains in Fe­bru­ary this year.

North­ern, Lua­pula, Muchinga and North Western provinces re­ceived nor­mal and above nor­mal rain­fall.

Given this state of af­fair in view of the pre­vi­ous rain­fall pat­tern, the coun­try is not ex­pected to record a bumper harvest as the case was in the pre­vi­ous farm­ing sea­son.

The im­pli­ca­tion of this is that some brief­case buy­ers will be ex­ploit­ing farm­ers by buy­ing their maize at low prices.

This will not be a good busi­ness deal con­sid­er­ing the fact that our hard work­ing farm­ers spent a lot of money on farm­ing in­puts such as seeds, fer­tilis­ers, chem­i­cals to men­tion but a few.

Zam­bia, be­ing a lib­er­alised econ­omy, there is need for our farm­ers to sell the maize at the floor price of the Food Re­serve Agency or at the higher price.

To avoid our farm­ers from be­ing swin­dled by the brief­case buy­ers, there is need to sen­si­tise the farm­ers to be wary about these un­scrupu­lous buy­ers who are look­ing for­ward to a field day by pounc­ing on un­sus­pect­ing farm­ers sell­ing their pro­duce.

ELEMIYA PHIRI, Lusaka.

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