NFRA to procure 22,000 metric tonnes from K12 billion

National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) anticipates buying 22,000 metric tonnes of maize from the K12 billion received from government.

NFRA Board Chairperson, Denis Kalekeni disclosed this Friday during Media briefing on the update on Procurement of Maize for Replenishment of the National Strategic Grain Reserves in Lilongwe.

He said the Agency has so far received K6 billion through Ministry of Agriculture and they are anticipating procuring about 11, 000 metric tonnes of Maize.

“The agency issued a public notice that it had opened the market for procurement of Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) maize with effect from May 29, 2023 and that market would remain open up to September 30, 2023 or upon reaching targeted quantity, subject to market dynamics,” Kalekeni said.

The Board Chairperson said the procurement of SGR maize of this year is open to all willing suppliers with a minimum quantity of one metric tonne, so long as the maize meets the agency’s quality of specifications.

He said the buying price was fixed at K 550.00 per kilogramme in all NFRA depots.

Acting Chief Executive officer for NFRA, David Loga said Luchenza and Mzuzu SGR would soon be operational after going through some maintenance works.

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