Agriculture and Livestock Minister Wilbur Simuusa says the country has attained the bumper harvest projected for the 2014-2015 farming season.
Mr. Simuusa says the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has within three weeks of the opening of the crop marketing season, met government’s target of 500, 000 metric tons of maize grain purchase.
Mr. Simuusa says besides meeting the 500,000 target, the FRA is still overwhelmed with the more maize that is being brought for sell by farmers with two more months left of the crop marketing season.
Mr. Simuusa says it is for this reason that govt maintains that millers should explain the high price of Mealie Meal reported in some parts of the country.
He says this is because from the amount of maize that has been and is being bought by the FRA it is clear that there is a bumper harvest of maize in the country and therefore the price of mealie meal should go down.
The Agriculture and Livestock Minister says the suggestion that, while analyzing the reported high price mealie meal in some parts of the country, it is important to keep in mind that govt has increased the floor price for maize besides the hike in fuel pump price does not follow.
( Sunday 31st August 2014 )