FARMERS should not be in a hurry to sell their maize to avoid being exploited by traders who usually want to buy their crop at cheaper prices, Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president Evelyn Nguleka has said.
Speaking in in an interview at the just ended WFO General Assembly, Dr Nguleka said farmers should not be in a hurry to sell products to avoid a possibility of being exploited by traders.
Dr Nguleka, who is WFO president, urged farmers to go into legally constituted contracts so that they earn a decent income from their produce.
“We are encouraging farmers to go into legally constituted contracts and we are also urging them not to be in a hurry to sell their products.
“We have noted that storage infrastructure is what make farmers fail to make correct deals in terms of selling their produce to lucrative buyers or markets locally and internationally,” Dr Nguleka said.
She said ZNFU was lobbing Government to develop storage appropriate infrastructure to enable farmers’ trade effectively with neighbouring countries.
“If our storage infrastructure is correct, our farmers will move from one level to another in terms of progressing.
“More importantly, farmers must be in groups so that they look for lucrative buyers collectively,” Dr Nguleka said.
Dr Nguleka also said the just ended WFO General Assembly was successful and that it attracted 160 international delegates and almost 300 local people who joined during plenary sessions.
“For me, being a resident of Zambia, I am proud that the event has been very successful and the theme “Partnerships for Growth” was very appropriate for Zambia and the world.
“We realise that farmers cannot continue to live in isolation and hence we have to interact with stakeholders and we hope this meeting will develop into partnerships,” Dr Nguleka said.