The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) is deeply disturbed by farmers who have resorted to selling maize at K50 per 50kg bag and soya beans at K80 per 50kg bag and has called on them to be patient.
Speaking when he met District Farmers Associations (DFAs) of Western Province in Kaoma yesterday, April 11, 2017, ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said he is disappointed at the desperation by some farmers who are being cheated out of their produce by briefcase buyers. He said such levels of desperation could even see farmers exchanging their produce for salaula (second hand clothes).
“ZNFU understands that this year will be full of challenges because prices will be poor. This is because Government has continued interfering in the marketing of agriculture produce, especially maize. The 10% tax on maize exports is affecting farmers badly. Then we have grain levies by council, we also have toll fees … this season farmers will make nothing,” Mr. Zimba said.