Lusaka August 13, 2014— The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has confirmed that it has extended the maize marketing programme to all parts of the country.
ZANIS reports that FRA Assistant Public Relation Officer Michael Mazakaza revealed this in an interview in Lusaka , today.
Mr. Mazakaza said that the moisture content which was high in some parts of the country is now of the required moisture content of 4.5%
The FRA Public Relation Officer described the exercise as progressing well.
He further said that the farmers are happy with the maize pricing and its payment system.
Asked whether the country’s bumper harvest will lead to reduced mealie- meal prices, Mr Mazakaza said that its only the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock that determines the pricing of the commodity.
The food reserve agency has been mandated to buy 500,000 metric tonnes of maize from farmers during this year’s maize marketing season, which started in July.