Paya farmer: MMD asks PF to apologise, while Chief Nsokolo also complains over none payment

Senior Chief Nsokolo of the Mambwe speaking people in Mbala District has expressed displeasure at the failure by the government to pay farmers.

And Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in Northern Province has retaliated its call on the governing Patriotic Front (PF) to ask for forgiveness from farmers for allegedly failing to pay them their dues on maize supplied. 

His royal highness revealed that more than 2,000 farmers in his chiefdom have not yet been paid for the crops supplied to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) in the area.

Senior Chief Nsokolo said the non-payment by FRA has created panic and desperation among farmers as rain season draws near.

The traditional leader said this in a press statement made available to mano news day.

His Royal Highness has since urged the Government to expedite the process of paying the farmers in Mbala and other districts.

On Friday last week Agriculture and Co-corporative minister, Hon. Wylbur Simuusa pledged Government’s commitment to raise funds to pay farmers countrywide.

He said government is doing everything possible to resolve the matter and ensure all affected farmers are paid as soon as funds are available.

Meanwhile, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in Northern Province has retaliated its call on the governing Patriotic Front (PF) to ask for forgiveness from farmers for allegedly failing to pay them their dues on maize supplied. 

Speaking to Mano News today, MMD provincial chairperson Stephen Mukuka charged that his party is dismayed at the seemingly failure by the PF-Government to honor its pledge of paying farmers their monies for maize supplied to the Food Reserve Agency-FRA within two weeks of delivery. 

Mr. Mukuka stated that the people of Zambia have now realized that the said promise was merely a political gimmick. 

He said the livelihood of the affected farmers is now rough, noting that most of them have since failed to meet their children’s school fees. 

Mr. Mukuka has since appealed to the governing PF to address the plight of the farmers. 

Radio Mano News

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