Thursday, May 30, 2024

Katete farmers remain unpaid for last year’s business with FRA


File: Peasant farmers wait for the Food Reserve Agency to buy their maize

Farmers in Katete district have continued to complain against the Food Reserve Agency’s (FRA) delay to pay them for the maize they sold to it last year.

Katete District Commissioner, Anselimo Mbuzi, said the farmers have continued to complain over the delayed payments of the outstanding K4billion owed to farmers in the area.

Mr. Mbuzi told ZANIS in an interview that in December last year, the district received K4.1 billion for settling the outstanding balance when the actual balance was over K8 billion.

He however stated that government was committed to ensure that all the farmers were paid their monies adding that it was not government’s intention to disadvantage them by delaying payments.

Mr. Mbuzi, who was optimistic that the district would soon receive funds for the payment of farmers, said government grain worth K45 billion from farmers in the district in the last marketing season.



  1. I thought FRA was ordered to pay all farmers by the end of October. I wonder how far they have gone in Muchinga Province….

    Seems to me this is the moral equivalent of a (Chinese?) factory/mine not paying its workers at month end, yet in this case the poor farmers have been kept waiting since last season! What of the crackdown on those who violate “labour laws” in this case? Shame.  

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