United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has demanded that the Government should immediately increase the 2018 maize price to not less than K90 per 50KG bag.
The UPND leader states that other crop prices should also be increased accordingly as opposed to their usual trickery of offering better crop prices during an election year.
Mr. Hichilema has since described the recently announced Food Reserve Agency (FRA) maize price as a mockery.
The UPND leader says the farmers deserve better prices not this mockery maize price.
Mr. Hichilema says the much anticipated maize price for this year is once again too low, unprofitable and will condemn farmers into deeper poverty and misery.
Mr. Hichilema says it is also a clear indication that the PF leadership has just been playing politics when it comes to issues of economic diversification into Agriculture, Tourism and many other fields that would grow the economy.
He says his party has been very categorical and consistent that the only way to address massive poverty and hunger in the country is by improving the farming sector which constitutes a large part of the population, especially rural households.
He says he knows such lame arguments that the announced price is just ‘indicative’ and that farmers are free to sell at whatever prices they wish, yet in reality it’s very difficult for anyone to sell higher than what is being offered by the government.