STAKEHOLDERS IN AGRICULTURE SECTOR RECEIVE 2022 CROP PRICE SET BY FRA WITH MIXED REACTIONS

By Balewa Zyuulu

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have received the 2022 crop price set by the Food Reserve Agency –FRA-with mixed reactions.

The FRA has pegged its maize purchasing price for the 2022 grain marketing season at K160 per 50kg bag of white maize, translating to a K10 increment from last year’s K150 for the commodity while the price for soya beans is K550 per 50kg bag from last year’s K500 and K200 per 40kg bag of paddy rice from last year’s K195.

Reacting to this development, National Union for Small Scale Farmers -NUSFAZ- Executive Director Ebony Loloji says the price is cost reflective and will give farmers that

may not want to sell to FRA an opportunity to export their produce at a much higher price.

For millers Association of Zambia President Andrew Chintala, the commodity price by the FRA is a fair price for both farmers and consumers and may lead to a downward trend in the cost of maize by-products such as mealie meal.

But Small Scale Farmers Development Agency Executive Director Boyd Moobwe is unhappy with the price set by the FRA in view of the cost of production that farmers incur and has urged farmers in the country to hold on to their maize until a much higher price is agreed on.

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