Nkasi — THE National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) owes Nkasi District Council over 500m/- as arrears for maize purchased in the past two seasons.
This was revealed over the weekend by Nkasi District Commissioner, Mr Iddy Kimanta when presenting the District Development Report to the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Aggrey Mwanri, in Namanyere town in the district.
Mr Mwanri was also briefed that the money owed is in levies the agency was supposed to pay to the district council after purchasing maize from farmers in the district during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. According to the DC, if NFRA would have disbursed the money the council could have collected 885,193,300.05/- as its revenue.
The deputy minister was also informed that during the 2011/12 harvesting season farmers in the district had harvested 478,778 tonnes of different food crops while the actual demand stood at 150,500 tonnes, meaning that there was a surplus of 328,278 tonnes.
The DC went to say that in maize production alone farmers in the area managed to harvest 141,451 tonnes while actual demand was 81,270 tonnes.
There was, therefore, a surplus of 3,627 tonnes valued at 1,269,456,000/- which was sold to NFRA by the farmers in the district, he said. According to the DC, 36,760 tonnes of maize worth 18,380,000/- was also sold to NFRA by business people in the district.