Mwense District Commissioner Geoffrey Chipampata has appealed to Small scale farmers in the district to refrain from selling their produce to briefcase businessmen
Speaking when he officiated at the district agriculture and commercial show at the weekend, Mr. Chipampata said farmers should instead sell their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) once the maize marketing season opens.
He said briefcase businessmen exploit the farmers by buying the commodity cheaply hence the appeal.
The DC also encouraged farmers to start growing high value crops such as rice, soya beans, Irish potatoes and vegetables which have readily available market.
He said agriculture is a backbone of the economy adding everyone should take part in agricultural production of any kind such as farming, gardening, livestock, and aquaculture among others.
Meanwhile chief Lubunda of the Chishinga people of Luapula province has threatened to withdraw land allocated to the ministry of Agriculture for the construction of a permanent agriculture show ground.
Chief Lubunda expressed disappointment to note that the agriculture department has taken long to put up the permanent structures.
The district agriculture and commercial show was celebrated under the theme sustainable economic development.