The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says it is extremely disappointed with Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) president Andrew Chintala and others for exhibiting high levels of ignorance on agriculture matters to the public. Mr Chintala had reacted to a statement by ZNFU where the union said it was investigating reports that millers had been told not to buy maize from farmers at a price higher than the K110 per 50kg which Food Reserve Agency was offering. “The MAZ president is better off shutting up than talk about things that he does not understand. We warned the MAZ president two (2) years ago to stop exposing his ignorance on issues of agriculture, but he does not learn lessons. Our statement which reads in part clearly states that and we quote; ‘ZNFU is also investigating reports where millers have been instructed not to buy maize at a price beyond what the Food Reserve Agency [FRA] is offering of K110 for 50kg bag of maize at farm gate…’ We did not talk about into-mill prices. Why is the MAZ president jumpy, when we have clearly stated that we are investigating reports? Why is he afraid that we investigate these reports? To investigate means to probe, study, scrutinize, or examine, just to lecture him on this term. For the record, we have been receiving reports from our District Farmers’ Associations (DFAs) around the country, which we are further investigating, or studying the matter. What is wrong with us investigating these reports? Why should the MAZ president and his surrogates talk about targets when MAZ has not been mandated by Government to meet any targets? Why speak on behalf of Government and the FRA when he is neither the spokesperson for Government nor the FRA, nor is he an agent of Government?” ZNFU public relations and media manager Calvin Kaleyi stated.
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