AGRICULTURE MINISTER ASSURES FAMERS OF PAYMENTS AS THEY SUPPLY MAIZE

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The Ministry of agriculture has assured farmers that they will paid their money immediately they supply maize to the food reserve agency.

Speaking in an interview with smooth news agriculture minister Micheal katambo says government through the ministry of finance has already released funds to ensure that farmers are paid immediately the supply maize.

His reaction follows concerns by some farmers over the delay by government to pay them when they supply maize to the food reserve agency. James Soko a farmer from Mteyo village in chief zamane’s area is among the farmers who have expressed concern over the long period the food reserve agency takes to pay farmers for supplying it with maize.

Mr Soko says the system of buying maize on credit by FRA demotivates farmers as they rely on the sale of their produce to meet their daily needs a situation he says has led to farmers preferring to sell their produce to brief case buyers who pay them instantly.

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