Most farmers interviewed in Eastern Province said they cannot deal with FRA deal to the low price it is offering.
FRA is buying a 50Kg at K85n while most private buyers that have flooded the province are offering as much as K120 per 50Kg.
The situation has now seen the FRA failing to buy even a single bag of Maize at some of its depots in the province.
Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu said in an interview that the FRA Head Office is concerned over the low volumes of maize that the agency has bought in the district this marketing season.
In Lundazi, newly elected Nkhanga ward councillor Obote Banda has advised government to close Nkhanga FRA Food Reserve Agency satellite depot.
Mr Banda said government should consider closing the satellite depot for not buying any maize since the market opened in July.
Mr. Banda indicated that it was pointless to maintain workers at the satellite depot when there was nothing happening.
And Lundazi District Agricultural Coordinator Philemon Lungu also recommended the need to close some depots in the district.
Mr. Lungu stated there was need to recommend for earlier closer of some depots which have failed to record any purchase.
Meanwhile, In Sinda, about 13 maize buying depots in Sinda district are earmarked for closure following the failure to record any Maize purchases at the depots from the time maize marketing exercise started.
District Administrative Officer Condrington Sakala confirmed that Makina, Matambazi, Chitawe, Mngomba, Mchembwe and Chimphundu, as some of the depots that maybe closed soon.
Mr. Sakala says that the district has so far only bought 2,150 bags of maize as at September 11th 2016
But Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says over 1,500 metric tons of Maize has been bought from farmers in Eastern Province.
Mr Kasolo said the volume of maize bought by FRA is expected to rise to 20,000 metric tons next week.
FRA is targeting to purchase 160,000 metric tons of maize in the Eastern province this year.
Mr. Kasolo acknowledged that the province is behind in maize purchase and attributed this to the maize being bought from farmers to high demand from neighbouring countries.
He however said FRA will manage to reach the target of maize to be bought from farmers in the province despite briefcase buyers invading the market.