More funds released to pay off farmers

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Government has so far paid out K711 million to farmers who sold maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) during the 2014 crop marketing season.


Agriculture and Livestock Minister Wylbur Simuusa said in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today that the Ministry of Finance has further released K100 million, translating into 60 percent of the payments made to the farmers.


A few days ago, government released K150 million to pay off outstanding arrears to farmers who sold their maize to the agency.


Mr. Simuusa disclosed that the remaining K650 million would be paid to the farmers next week to clear the outstanding the balance.


“Government has released K100 million today and additional funds will be released in the course of next week,” Mr. Simuusa said.


The minister has since thanked the farmers for their patience but still appealed to them to be calm as government is working round the clock to pay them all.


He said agriculture was the mainstay of the economy hence government attaches great importance to the sector.