GOVERNMENT through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has released K1.7 million to pay farmers in Kasempa for the grain which they supplied to the agency.
Kasempa National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) branch manager Webster Masikini confirmed the development to the Daily Nation in an interview.
Mr. Masikini said the bank had already started paying farmers who supplied their produce to FRA.
Kasempa district commissioner Goodson Sansakuwa also confirmed the payment of farmers in Kasempa in a separate interview.
Mr. Sansakuwa called on farmers to ensure that they used their money diligently and remembered to keep part of it to buy farming inputs in readiness for the 2016/2017 farming season.
He also advised farmers to consider increasing their land under cultivation, bearing in mind that Kasempa was the grain basket of North Western Province.
Mr. Sansakuwa also reaffirmed Government’s commitment in growing the agriculture sector, adding that it was the reason why it attached great importance to it.
He has since encouraged farmers to sell their grain to the FRA and not briefcase buyers who in most cases exploited them.