— Govt. to purchase 5, 950 metric tonnes in Mufumbwe district.

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Government says it will this year purchase 5, 950 metric tonnes of maize from farmers in Mufumbwe district.



Mufumbwe District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) in North Western province, John Phiri, says it is for this reason that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will soon start buying maize from farmers in the area.



Mr. Phiri has since called on farmers to mobilise themselves in time for the exercise.



ZANIS reports that the District Agriculture Coordinator said this in an interview in Mufumbwe district, today.



He added that the crop will be purchased from farmers from all the 15 depots scheduled to be opened in Mufumbwe at a cost of K8, 330, 000.

Mr Phiri affirmed that all the required materials for this year’s marketing season have been received in the district.



“The process of buying would have started but the challenge is on the moisture content on maize but otherwise were ready as Mufumbwe,” Mr Phiri said.



The DACO disclosed that at least 60 new workers have been engaged to implement the exercise adding that depot staff will soon be sent to their various depots.