AGRICULTURE Minister Mtolo Phiri says the Food Reserve Agency has so far paid K698.14 million owed to farmers who supplied it maize, leaving a balance of K336.53 million. And Phiri says over 30 percent of the farming inputs have been delivered to the farmers. Giving a Ministerial statement in Parliament, Tuesday, Phiri said the K698.14 million paid out by FRA accounted for 67 percent of the total of K1.452 billion owed for maize purchase. “The House may wish to note that the Food Reserve Agency commenced the crop purchase programme in August 2022 and is expected to close all purchases for the season by 31st October 2022. As at 13th October 2022, the Agency had purchased a total of 287,…...

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