FRA begins buying maize today- Simuusa

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is today expected to start buying Maize at the new floor price of K70, 000 per 50kg bag from the farmers, Agriculture Minister Wilbur Simuusa has announced.

And FRA executive director, Chola Kafwabulula has confirmed that the agency would today commence buying maize from the farmers who were situated in areas that had 12.5 per cent moisture content.

Mr Simuusa said the agency was financially ready to start buying maize in places that had moisture content of 12.5 per cent.

Mr Simuusa has set August 31, 2014 as the due date for the completion of the distribution of fertilizer under the Farmers Support Input (FISP) programme.

He said while the agency would be buying maize starting today, it was expected to be monitoring the moisture content in other parts of the country.

“Even as they start buying maize today, they will also be monitoring moisture content in other parts of the country because the process is simultaneous,” he said.

Mr Simuusa said the agency had a separate committee of experts who were expected to start conducting research which places would fellow depending on the moisture content.

“This season goes up to September so we shall continue buying maize from our farmers until when they start preparing for the next farming season,” Mr Simuusa said.

And Mr Simuusa said the ministry has so far distributed over 30, 000 metric tones of D compound fertilizer countrywide under FISP.

“As you maybe aware I flagged off this years farming season on May, 13, 2014 and since then we have been distributing to all parts of the country,” He said.

Mr Simuusa said by the end of August this year, Urea, compound D fertilizer and seed would have been distributed to all the parts of the country.

And a fortnight ago, Mr Simuusa announced in a ministerial statement in Parliament that the Food Reserve Agency would commence buying maize from farmers on 1st July 2014 in areas where the moisture content has reached the stipulated standard of 12.5 percent.