CPB directed to purchase 10,000 tonnes maize stored in NFRA silos

05Aug 2021
Correspondent
Iringa
The Guardian
CPB directed to purchase 10,000 tonnes maize stored in NFRA silos

​​​​​​​THE government has directed the Cereal and Other Produce Board (CPB) to buy 10,400 tonnes of maize stored for the past three years by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) in Makambako, Njombe Region.

Speaking here during his three-day official visit in Njombe Region, Agriculture Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, said CPB has been given the responsibility by the government to buy and sell cereals crops hence it should buy the maze that has been kept in high warehousing standards.

The Minister said the maize stored by NFRA should be bought and resold so as to provide the Agency to enter the crops market to buy other maize to provide farmers with relief in regard to the market.

He said NFRA’s responsibility is to buy cereals and store it ready for any emergency in the country, and added that since there is currently no emergency in the last three years, hence it is supposed to be sold in order to buy more maize from farmers for storage.

He said apart from the maize warehoused in Makambako, there was also 5,009.265 tonnes of rice foe which have to be found the market from within and outside the country.

In regard to dillydallying of the warehouses and silos building project, Prof Mkenda said the construction thereof was being done through low interest loan hence the contractor should make sure he finishes the job as soon as possible according to the contract agreement.

In the visit, Prof Mkenda also inspected the fertiliser warehouse owned by Mtewele General Traders, YARA, ETC, and also inspected the Itipingi irrigation scheme.

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