8 January 2013

Zambia: FRA Unearths Maize Scam

THE Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has unearthed a scam in which some individuals are engaging in the illegal sale of maize the agency has been releasing to millers in the country.

Some people have been illegally selling maize packed in FRA branded bags on the open market.

According to a statement released by the FRA public relations unit, the maize is from stocks which the agency has been releasing to millers to stabilise the supply and prices of mealie-meal.

"The agency wishes to warn such individuals, groups of people or indeed firms engaging in such activities that they will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the provisions of the law should they be caught," the statement said.

The statement said the maize being supplied to millers was for purposes of stabilising the supply of mealie-meal to the local consumers at affordable prices.

"It is, therefore, an offence to engage in the reselling of maize that is obtained from the agency," the statement added.

The FRA has since implored the general public to remain vigilant and report unscrupulous activities to the police.

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