LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Farmers in Zambia on Monday rejected the floor
price of maize announced by the state agency, saying it was
Last Friday, the
Food Reserve Agency (FRA) announced that it will be buying a 50
kilogram bag of maize at 65 Zambian Kwacha (about 6.5 U.S
dollars) when the marketing season starts next month.
It added that the
price was arrived at after consultation with all stakeholders,
But Jervis Zimba,
the president of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), said
farmers have rejected the announced price as they were not
consulted and the farmers’ body never attended any meeting.
“At no time was the
setting of maize price discussed. The union has not met the FRA
to discuss maize prices after last year’s efforts yielded a
blank. The ZNFU wishes to dissociate itself from being party to
the announced FRA price which farmers have been offered,” he
said in a statement.
He added that the
farmers’ body will launch a formal complaint with the government
over the matter and has advised farmers to find alternative
markets for the maize.
According to him,
the country has recorded a decline in maize production from 3.6
million tonnes in 2017 to 2.3 million tonnes in 2018 due to poor
prices being offered by the government.
the country’s leading opposition leader, said the announced
price was a mockery to the farmers as it was low and
He said in a
statement that the announced price was a clear indication that
the government was not sincere in its plans to diversify the
economy from copper dependence.
Edgar Lungu has since directed the agency to review and adjust
upwards the price of maize as it was unfair to the farmers,
according to state media.