CSPR in Eastern Province advises government to review the crop marketing plan.

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction, CSPR in Eastern Province has called on government to review the way it plans crop marketing, so that it has no closing date.
CSPR provincial coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma says that market for crops should always be available throughout the year, to enable farmers sale their farm produce at any time.
Mr. Nkhoma says that this will enhance competition in crop marketing, which may later lead to better prices.
He has observed that putting closing dates for crop markets exposes farmers to exploitative business people, who set lower prices.
Mr. Nkhoma says this in reference to the recent government’s announcement that it has extended the crop market which was supposed to end on 30 October to 15 November.
He explained that although his organisation is happy with the move, the extension should incorporate quick payment system to farmers.
Mr. Nkhoma says that this will enable farmers, who have not yet received their money to buy farming inputs.

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