Low soya bean buying prices anger farmers in Chipata.

Farmers in Sisinje ward of Chipangali Constituency have expressed sadness over the low buying prices of soya bean that companies are offering.

One of the farmers, Nundwe Mwelwa of Mbenjele area, says the two kwacha 10 ngwee per kilogram being offered is too low compared to last year’s soya bean prices.

He explained that farmers sold their soya bean at more than three kwacha 50 ngwee last year.

Mr. Mwelwa says government should intervene and ask companies to increase the buying price, so that farmers benefit from their crop.

He says that most farmers have grown soya bean in the area and the low prices being offered means a lot of farmers will seriously be affected financially.

He wondered how soya bean prices can go down, when that for other crops such as cotton and tobacco have been increased.

M’chenga grave yard in Dilika ward nearly full

M’chenga grave yard in Dilika ward is nearly full and residents are appealing to government to quickly identify a new grave yard for the area.

M’chenga B Branch Chairperson Benson Phiri, told Breeze News that the grave yard, which carters for people in M’chini, Magazini and M’chenga, has remained with a little space for burial.

Mr. Phiri says soon people in the area will start facing serious challenges in finding a place where to bury their loved ones.

He says the local authority needs to quickly find another land for the grave yard.

Tobacco farmers unhappy over limited floors

Independent Tobacco farmers in Eastern Province have asked government to assist them in ensuring that TBZ, the Tobacco Board of Zambia opens Mgubudu floor this year.

Eastern Independent Tobacco Growers Association Chairperson, James Nyirenda, told Breeze News that opening Mgubudu floor will assist them sale tobacco without any challenges.

Mr. Nyirenda says the association has already identified Mtonda General Dealers to run tobacco floors for its farmers, but the company says it can only start buying tobacco from farmers in Chipata if TBZ reopens Mgubudu market.

He says the association has more than one thousand farmers in Chipata, Chadiza, Lundazi, Katete and Vubwi districts, who will be affected if TBZ does not open Mgubudu floor.

Mr. Nyirenda wondered why TBZ has closed Mgbudu floor, which has assisted tobacco farmers for the past ten years, adding that government’s intervention into the matter is the only way to address their plight.

And when contacted for a comment, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, assured farmers that government will ensure that Mgubudu floor is opened.

Mr. Kasolo explained that government was not consulted on the closure of Mgubudu market, because the decision was made from Lusaka.

He wondered why TBZ made such a decision at a time, when government wants to expand the agriculture market.