SAFADA nods K330 maize price

  • The organization is impressed with this arrangement that they have started this time around to buy maize.
  • The price is very good.
  • It is unfortunate that FRA may not buy soya beans and paddy rice this year.

 

Small Scale Farmers Development Agency (SAFADA) says it is impressed with the K330 at which Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will be buying a 50kg bag of Grade A white maize during the 2024 crop marketing season.

Speaking in an interview with Money FM News, Agency Executive Director Boyd Moobwe however said it is unfortunate that FRA  may not buy soya beans and paddy rice this year, due some factors.

Mr. Moobwe stated that the organization is also concerned about how farmers will be assisted to maintain household food security, because most of them may end up selling all their maize to the Agency due to the attractive price.

“We are impressed with this arrangement that they have started this time around to buy maize. However, our concern is about how the farmers will be assisted to maintain household food security.”

“Farmers need money to meet other  household costs, so this may result into serious impact on farmers’ household food security because they  will sale everything due to the good price that FRA is offering,” Mr. Moobwe stated.

He urged the Agency to re-strategize and ensure that the maize buying process also takes into account household food security.

“Farmers may sale all their maize and government will of course manage to meet the required quantities.”

“So we are just urging FRA to re-strategize and ensure that the buying process should also take care of household food security. They should not just buy and I am happy to hear that they have set up new depots in areas where there was no drought,” he added.

On Friday, FRA announced that it will be buying a 50 kg bag of Grade A Non-Genetically Modified white maize from small scale farmers at K330 or K6,600 per metric tonne during the 2024 crop marketing season.

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