Tuesday, July 29, 2014
FRA explains maize destruction in Mkushi
By Onishias Maamba
Mon 13 Jan. 2014, 14:01 CAT
FRA executive director Chola Kafwabulula says moisture destroyed the over 2,000 by 50 kilogramme bags of maize in Mkushi.
Kafwabulula (right) in an interview yesterday said the destroyed maize was from the 2011/2012 grain-marketing season.
"The maize was well secured on our slabs, but it's the moisture which accumulated and got in touch with the maize," Kafwabulula explained.
"The 2,000 plus 50 kilogramme bags of maize destroyed in Mkushi are wnot from the 2012/2013 marketing season."
Kafwabulula said FRA had 'safely secured' 636,000 metric tonnes of maize in its strategic reserve.
"Out of that, 625,000 metric tonnes is in sheds while 11,000 metric tonnes is on our slabs and we are currently transporting it to our sheds," Kafwabulula said.
"This is a great achievement for us as FRA in our history, where we have managed to secure 98 per cent of grain in our sheds."
FRA site manager for Mkushi deport revealed that over 2,000 by 50 kilogramme bags of maize had been destroyed at the FRA depot.