Mansa farmers not paid

Farmers in Mansa  have protested over the non-payment of their maize sold to the Food Reserve Agency-FRA.

The Farmers who stormed ZANIS offices in Mansa are demanding to be paid their dues saying they have suffered enough in the process of selling the maize.

The farmers have also demanded to be given back their maize if FRA has failed to pay them adding that it is better to sale the commodity to briefcase businessmen.

Some of the farmers displayed notices from schools sending away their children for nonpayment of school fees .

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Chanda Macha said the farmers in Mansa district will not rest until they are paid their money.

Mr Macha says it is worrying that even when the Minister of Agriculture and Live stock Emmanuel Chenda last week flagged off the 2012/2013 distribution of farming inputs there is no indication as to where they will find the money to pay for this coming farming season.

Meanwhile Mansa District Commissioner Mirriam Kauseni has assured the farmers that Government through FRA will intensify the payment of farmers this week.

Mrs Kauseni however disclosed that FRA has so far bought over 450, 000 x 50 kg bags of maize from farmers in Mansa district this marketing season against a target of 600,000 x 50kg bags.

The farmers in this area come from Malamba, Chimese, Mwanguni and Kashimba satellite deports.

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