ZNFU cautions farmers over unscrupulous buyers

By Staff Reporter

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has cautioned farmers against selling their produce to unscrupulous businessmen who offer prices below full cost recovery.
ZNFU media and publicity relations manager Calvin Kaleyi in a statement said the union was aware of some buyers that are offering soya beans for as low as K2 per kilogrammes and K40 for a 50 kilogramme bag of maize.
“We call upon farmers not to be desperate to accept such poor price offers, but instead should start bulking their grain so that they can negotiate good prices for their commodities,” said Kaleyi. “We are aware that the market is liberalized, but farmers this year should not accept any prices below K3 per kg, but instead should negotiate K3 per kg and above”.
Kaleyi said ZNFU was currently in talks with some renowned buyers and advised farmers to contact the union for linkages.
“Already, we have managed to organize markets for Eastern Province and the buyers will soon move to Central and Southern Provinces,” he said.