State urged to curb maize theft this marketing season
FARMERS in Kitwe’s Kakolo farm block have called on Government to curb theft of maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) satellite depots during this year’s crop marketing season.
Kakolo farmers’ secretary Martin Mofya said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that it is worrying that some unscrupulous people have continued to steal maize from FRA depots.
“As farmers who contribute a lot to the food basket of this country, we are concerned about the continued theft of maize from various depots in the country. This trend has to stop because it is only enriching a few individuals who don’t mean well for the country,” Mr Mofya said.
He said it is discouraging that some maize sold to FRA finds itself in wrong hands.
He said Government should work with key stakeholders in coming up with initiatives to curb theft of maize.
Mr Mofya said farmers work very hard to positively contribute to the agricultural sector but that it is unfortunate the maize grain ends up getting stolen.
He also urged Government to motivate FRA depot managers so that they are not tempted into stealing the maize.
Mr Mofya also advised the business community against exploiting farmers by buying maize from them cheaply.
“We have been sensitising our members in Kakolo and surrounding areas against selling their maize to briefcase buyers. We want to ensure that everyone sells maize to Government through the FRA. We are now declaring that Kakolo settlement is a no-go-area for unscrupulous businessmen and women,” he said. / Daily Mail