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NFRA buys 23,000 metric tonnes of maize

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KAYONGO— We are buying maize at the recommended price

The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has, so far, bought 23,000 metric tonnes (mt) of maize out of the expected 38,333mt.

In the 2022-23 National Budget, the government gave NFRA K12 billion for maize purchase.

NFRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brenda Kayongo told reporters in Lilongwe yesterday that the agency is remaining with 15,249mt to purchase.

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“We are buying the maize at the recommended price of K300 per kilogramme in order to replenish the strategic grain reserves,” she said.

Initially, NFRA had contracted 185 cooperatives to supply it with the maize.

The agency also disclosed that it has, from Wednesday this week, opened the market so that all willing maize traders can sell the grain at its depots at Kanengo in Lilongwe, Kazomba in Mzimba, Limbe in Blantyre, Mangochi silos and Bangula in Nsanje.

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The CEO said, as at now, NFRA has a total of 89,000mt of maize in its silos.

Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson Grecian Lungu said it is the intention of the government to buy maize so that the country should have enough maize that can be sold in the lean season.

“The process of buying maize has been designed to ensure that there is enough maize in the country,” Lungu said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs has said it is looking for 90,000mt to cater for those who need the staple food crop.

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