WFP Hands NFRA $22m to Buy Maize

NFRA intends to spend $22m to purchase 60,000 tonnes of maize from farmers from July 15 to 20, on account of an accord with WFP. Minister of Agriculture, Hussein Bashe said after the contract signing with the WFP here yesterday that the government seeks to save the last season’s harvest from being wasted. He hailed the cooperation with WFP and added that NFRA is currently preparing contracts for purchases and selecting purchasing centers before setting out prices. WFP Country Representative, Sarah Gordon-Gibson underscored the excellent ties the UN agency has with CPB & NFRA. She stated that the link is vital in ensuring food availability and safety within the country through different interventions, pointing at purchases of over 223,000 tonnes of white maize and 4,000 tonnes of millet priced at $60m. WFP has been renting NFRA warehouses in Dodoma during the period at the rental cost of $213,000 for the whole period, she said. Dr. Andrew Komba, the NFRA chief executive officer, reaffirmed the cordial relations with WFP for over ten years, highlighting that WFP purchases grain as well as promoting agriculture.

Source: IPP Media

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