FRA Urged To Give Its Position On Maize Procurement

By Leah Ngoma


The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) is urging the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to urgently give its full position on maize procurement in this marketing season.

The Centre has noted with concern that hundreds of bags of maize belonging to small-scale farmers are going to waste at some named FRA depot in various districts due to lack of proper warhorses or sheds.

CTPD Trades and Development Researcher Emmanuel Muma is of the view that post-harvest loss is very costly not only

to farmers but also on the national treasury adding that for a long time, loss of harvested crops due to degradation in quality and quantity of food production has been as a result of inadequate storage facilities.

He has therefore recommended that the government immediately conduct an analysis of FRA’s storage capacity, including the state and conditions of the storage structures, and limit FRA’s crop purchases to its capacity accordingly and allow the private sector to mop out extra grain among other measures.



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