GOVERNMENT has disclosed
that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will soon start
paying off money it owes to farmers in southern
Southern Province Permanent Secretary, Darius Hakayobe,
said he has been assured by FRA officials that the K7
billion Kwacha owed to the farmers who supplied their
maize in the last farming season will be paid soon.
He said the agency has completed an audit report for
Southern Province and has since started paying farmers
in Kalomo before moving to other districts.
Mr. Hakayobe said the agency has delayed in paying
farmers in the province due to some logistical
He was speaking in Livingstone yesterday when Information
Deputy Minister David Phiri paid a courtesy call on
And Mr. Phiri has commended the media in the province
for highlighting issues of flood adequately.
He said this is why government has included the
equipping of the media on its priority list.
Mr. Phiri said the media can only fulfill its
mandatory role of informing the public when it is well
He also toured ZNBC, ZANIS, Zambezi FM and
And Livingstone District Commissioner, Francis Chika,
said the flood situation should serve as a wake up
call to finding lasting solutions.
Mr. Chika said his office is encouraging organizations
to donate building materials to flood victims.
He said this will enable them to build permanent