Chief Choongo in Monze has appealed to the Food Reserve Agency, (FRA) to quickly start buying maize from farmers.

The agency recently announced K150 as its buying price for a 50-kilogramme bag of white maize.

He says the tendency of the agency to delay the procurement process to wait for reduced moisture content forces farmers to sell their crops to briefcase buyers.

Chipepo says this is due to desperation for money from farmers to meet day to day expenses.

He, however, commends the FRA for its offer, saying it will help farmers offset some of their losses they suffered in the previous farming season.

Elsewhere, Chief Choona has also welcomed the buying price saying it is a considerable improvement from last years’ price of K110.

He has since urged farmers to stop selling the crop to briefcase buyers and take advantage of the price FRA is offering.