Proposed commercialisation of Zambia’s FRA under fire

An array of stakeholders, including the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), slated a proposal by the Zambian government to commercialise the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). The Zambian Ministry of Agriculture says that FRA can become commercially viable by raising revenue through grain exports. But ZNFU, Grain Traders Association (GTAZ), National…

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Zambian maize farmers still waiting for government payment

Thousands of farmers who supplied maize to the Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency (FRA) are still waiting for payment. One irate farmer of Chongwe, Lusaka Province, in desperation resorted to air his grievances to the local media, demanding that the FRA return his crop. “I can reassure them is that government…

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Pressure mounts on Zambian government to deliver farmer inputs

Despite repeated assurances by government that administering its Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) on a complete electronic voucher (e-voucher) system would overcome problems that have plagued the delivery of farmer inputs, the massive logistical operation seems to be in disarray. This, as the end of the planting season fast approaches…

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Zambian FRA’s plans to prevent maize wastage failing

Efforts by Zambia’s state-owned grain buying entity, the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), to protect its maize from rain damage, are floundering. This while FRA Executive Director Chola Kafwabulula made a desperate plea to transporters to resume ferrying maize still stuck at satellite depots. It is the second time transporters are…

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