The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will buy as much maize as it bought last farming season.
FRA said this is on account that there has been a reduction in funds given to the agency in this year's national budget.
The agency bought 400,000 metric tonnes of maize last farming season and is expected to buy 50,000 metric tones this season.
FRA Executive Director, Anthony Mwanaumo said buying points will also be reduced from last year's 700 to less than 100 this year.
Dr. Mwanaumo said the reduction in funds allocated to his organisation this year has presented a big challenge to the agency.
He was speaking when he opened an FRA annual planning meeting in Chisamba - Monday.
And Mr. Mwanaumo said most of the farmers have been paid for the maize they supplied to the agency.