The Small-Scale Famers Development Agency SAFADA has commended the move by the Food Reserve Agency FRA to stop the supply of maize to traders.
FRA recently announced a stop in the supply of maize to traders in an effort to control the rise in the prices of mealie meal.
SAFADA Executive Director Boyd Moobwe said the selling of maize to traders has contributed to the rising prices of mealie meal, as millers buy at a higher price from the traders which causes the high prices of mealie meal.
That’s why FRA has decided to cut off the traders so that they supply direct to millers at the price they supply to traders so that the price of mealie meal is reasonable,” he said.
He however said it’s not a guarantee that millers will always sell mealie meal at a cheaper price despite buying maize at a low price.