Govt pays out K200 million to farmers

Fairtrade cotton farmers
Fairtrade cotton farmers
Government says it has so far paid over Two Hundred Million Kwacha to small scale farmers who have sold their maize to the government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

Agriculture and Livestock Minister, Robert Sichinga has revealed that government owes the farmers over four hundred million kwacha and is hopeful that it will settle the bill soon.

Mr. Sichinga says government has so far bought about four hundred thousand metric tons of maize across the country.

He says government will stick to the promise of settling the bill within fourteen days after the farmers have delivered their produce to FRA.

Mr Sichinga explains that the delay in paying the farmers their dues is as a result of putting together receipts by the banks which he is hopeful will be addressed soon