A civic leader in Mbala district has implored subsistence farmers in the area to sale their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

Itala Ward Councilor, Vincent Siyame said “it is sad to learn that many farmers are reportedly shunning to sale their produce to FRA in preference to selling to traders from a named neighboring country”.

Mr. Siyame says it is very important for farmers to sale their maize to FRA because it is one way of helping the country becoming food secure.

Meanwhile, Mbala Mayor, Bright Simbeya has assured farmers that the Food Reserve Agency is not going to delay to pay farmers who are selling their maize to them.

“The food reserve agency is only taking a maximum of three days to pay farmers who are supplying maize to them”. He explained.

It is reported that some farmers in Mbala are shunning to sale their maize to FRA in preference to a named neighboring country where a 50 kilogram bag is reportedly selling at over K200.

FRA has set the price of a 50 kilogram bag of maize at K110 in the on-going maize marketing season.

By: Mumba Tailashi

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