Mungwi District Farmers Association Chairperson David Ngandu says farmers who are selling their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) are frustrating efforts to push for better prices.
In a statement issued by Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Media Liason Officer Calvin Kaleyi, Ngandu warned the farmers not to complain if they failed to purchase farming inputs this coming season.
“Despite the poor maize market price, it is business as usual in Mungwi. So far, the FRA has managed to bag in 47,500 bags by 50Kgs of maize and over 5,000 bags of Soya beans. This has, however, disappointed the Mungwi District Farmers Association chairperson, Mr David Ngandu.
Mr N’gandu said that farmers who are doing so are frustrating the efforts already under way to push for better prices,” read the statement.
“He has since warned farmers that are doing so not to complain if they won’t be able to purchase farming inputs this coming farming season due to the low prices as they may not make a profit. He has urged farmers to be united, resilient and patient even as various stakeholders are considering last farming seasons purchase prices.”