Government has pleaded with farmers not to abandon maize production due to low purchasing prices by Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

Julius Shawa, Permanent Secretary in the ministry of agriculture said farmers should opt to export the commodity and contribute to the country’s economy.

Farmers recently threatened to abandon maize production in the next farming season citing low purchasing price by FRA.

The producers said price was too small to cover costs incurred during the production process.

The PS said boycotting maize production would not be the best solution because maize is the country’s staple food.

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