• November 29, 2022 4:42 pm

NFRA opens the markets to local farmers, no need of bidding

Oct 5, 2022

National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has announced opening of procurement of maize to the general public starting with anyone with one tonne of maize and above.

NFRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brenda Kayongo disclosed this on Wednesday during a media briefing at Kanengo in Lilongwe on the progress of maize procurement.

“We have opened the market to all local commercial and individual farmers that have maize to sale to the agency and the minimum requirement for sale is one tonne,” she said.

She said the decision was made after noting slow progress of deliveries.

“We have noted slow progress of maize deliveries from cooperatives and associations. Procurement of the stocks commenced on August 16, 2022,” the CEO added.

She said they have managed to procure 23,084 metric tonnes of maize to replenish Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) from 185 registered farmer cooperatives and associations.

She said agency has still 15, 249 metric tonnes to procure from the remaining K 4.9 billion out K 12 billion budget they were given by government to replenish the SGR.

She attributed the slow maize deliveries to shortage of diesel the country has been experiencing in the past weeks since the market was opened.

Kayongo said NFRA has now opened the market to all willing sellers to sale their maize at K300 per kilogramme.

Kayongo disclosed that the market opened on October 5, 2022 up to October 31, 2022 or before, upon attainment of the required tonnage.

The CEO said the selling depots would be at Kanengo Silos Complex in Lilongwe, Kazomba Depot in Mzimba, Limbe Depot in Blantyre, Mangochi Silos Complex in Mangochi and Bangula Depot in Nsanje.

She said NFRA has 89,000 metric tonnes of maize in stock while Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) has a requirement of 90,000 metric tonnes of maize.

She said if the agency would procure the remaining 15,000 metric they would have 104,000 metric tonnes in stock for use.

A Commercial farmer, Henry Mwatepa, hailed NFRA for opening up the market to commercial and individual farmers to sale their maize stocks to them.

He said NFRA would be able to meet the required 15,000 metric tonnes of maize within short period of time.

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