Luwingu farmers in K5m FRA windfall

Over K3 million has been released to pay 276 Luwingu district farmers who sold their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

The farmers wold receive their money through the National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) in Luwingu district.

Luwingu district administrative officer Deodatus Munsungwe confirmed to ZANIS  yesterday that government had released the funds to pay small scale farmers.

Mr Munsungwe said FRA released K3, 127, 212.57 to the local bank to pay the 276 farmers who sold maize to Food Reserve Agency in the last two weeks.

He said farmers who sold their maize through Luwingu central, Matipa, Mufili, Chibofwe, Chifwile and Chanda -Mwamba satellite depot would receive their funds from NATSAVE.

Mr Munsungwe said FRA had purchased 19, 200 by 50 kilogram bags of white maize in the last two weeks adding that the district had run out of space to offload maize coming from satellite depots.

He thanked FRA for the gesture of good will adding that farmers will now be able to plan and prepare for the next farming season.

“We thank FRA for the gesture as this will enable farmers ample time to prepare for 2014/15 farming season. It is our prayer that the status quo is maintained this marketing season,” he said.

Meanwhile, the newly constructed FRA shed in Luwingu will be ready for use next month.

And farmers have commended the FRA for releasing funds in time to pay them for the maize they sold to the (FRA )  last week.

Speaking on behalf of other farmers Cephas Chofwe said paying farmers in good time would enable them plan operations smoothly.