Petauke farmers have no money to plant this season, owed K30 million

Petauke farmers have no money to plant this season, owed K30 million

Farmers looking for their money in banks

Farmers looking for their money in banks

THE Food Reserve Agency (FRA) still owes more K30 million to farmers in Petauke under the 2013/14 marketing season, according to the Zambia Daily Mail.
In the 2013/14 marketing season FRA bought maize worth K52 million in Petauke out which it has paid K22 million.
Petauke District Farmers’ Association chairman Wilson Phiri said the delayed payment to farmers by FRA will negatively affect yields in the 2014/15 farming season.
Mr Phiri said in a phone interview on Tuesday that most farmers have not yet started planting for the 2014/2015 farming season because they do not have money to buy inputs.
“FRA bought maize worth K52 million under the 2013/14 farming season in Petauke and has only paid K22 million and has a balance of K30 million to date. Currently, most farmers are in the Boma [the district headquarters] waiting to be paid instead of them being in the field. This will result in low production during the 2014/15 farming
season,” he said.
DAILY MAIL

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