The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) in Northern Province says it is happy that government has promised to only purchase 500,000 metric tonnes of maize from farmers in this year’s crop marketing season.
ZNFU Region Manager, Hendrix Kabwe, says the move is welcome as it will also enable government to pay farmers in good time because the number of maize it will purchase will be smaller than that of last year.
Mr Kabwe explained that last year government bought one million metric tonnes of maize which later made it fail to pay all farmers in good time.
He said this will also allow many players to participate in the purchasing of the crop especially millers.
The union leader has also called on millers in the area to take advantage of government’s move by purchasing more maize directly from farmers than always relying on government to supply them with the commodity.
And one of the small scale farmers, Charles Bwalya, told ZANIS that he is equally happy with the move by government.
Mr Bwalya explained that he was optimistic that payment for the few crops government will buy from them is also likely to be done in good time.