FRA closes Chadiza market

By Staff Reporter


The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has closed its markets in Chadiza district due to non-availability of maize in the area.

District agricultural coordinating officer Kabange Masenga confirmed this to ZANIS in Chadiza on Tuesday.

Masenga said the district, in consultation with the provincial marketing officer, decided to close the marketing season because farmers had no maize to sale to the agency.

“For the past three weeks, FRA has seen little or no activity in terms of crop purchase. The DACO said it was pointless to maintain workers at the satellite depots when there was nothing happening,” said Masenga.

“Out of the target of 93, 600 by 50 kilogram bags of maize, just over 17, 000 bags of maize have been bought by FRA and only 100 bags of Soya beans by Friday last week.’’

Early July this year had reported that farmers in most parts of Eastern Province vowed to sale their maize to the FRA as the prices were low compared to some vendors who were buying the commodity at 80 and 85 kwacha per bag respectively.