The Zambian maize price needs a free market

Input costs for commercial maize farmers in Zambia right now are running at about US$1 600/ha (K14 400/ha). At yields of 8t/ha (8 tons per hectare) and a price of US$200/t (K 1 800/t) or K90/bag the commercial farmer will just break even. It is a little more difficult to…

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FRA mute on maize price offer; will start buying grain on September 1

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will start buying maize on September 1, but the agency is yet to announce the price it will offer. Government has meanwhile cautioned farmers against so-called panic sales. Addressing the parliamentary committee on agriculture, fisheries and livestock, FRA Executive Director Chola Kafwabulula said the September…

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Government silence on floor price for maize creates turmoil on eve of marketing season

Government’s silence on the floor price of maize has created turmoil among farmers. The marketing season opens tomorrow. Government also maintains that the 10% export duty for raw maize will not be waived. Random interviews conducted by Africanfarming.com showed that farmers are still relying on the Food Reserve Agency (FRA)…

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Food reserve agency looking for maize to fill their stocks.

Anyone with maize stocks is invited to sell their stock to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) after they fell short of buying their target of 500 000 tons during the past marketing season. The agency invites all local suppliers like grain traders and commercial farmers, to make an offer to…

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