Ndola Farmers Stuck With Produce At FRA Depot

Some farmers from Ndola’s Kaninki Farms have spent more than one week at a Food Reserve Agency (FRA) Depot, waiting to have their maize weighed before it can be sold.
The farmers claim that FRA officials at the Depot have allegedly refused to weigh their maize, asking them to pay some money.
The farmers say the situation will disadvantage farmers who still have plenty of maize stored at their farms.
But in a telephone interview, FRA Copperbelt Provincial Marketing Coordinator, Simon Phiri has expressed ignorance over the alleged corrupt practices at the depot, but has pledged to investigate the matter.
Mr. Phiri, however, attributes the delay to weigh the farmers’ maize to a shortage of empty bags; a problem he claims has since been rectified.