Government revise maize grain standards

Government revise maize grain standards

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has partnered with various stakeholders to revise maize grain standards.

ZABS has also put out a call to the public to send comments and suggestions on the proposed draft standards.

Lee Haamunji , ZABS public relations officer said the revised standard should address the safety and quality aspects of the commodity.

According to Haamunji the revised standards will apply to maize intended for human consumption.

“The standard covers requirements and the methods of sampling and analysis for shelled maize grain or their hybrids,” Haamunji said, adding that the standards do not apply to processed maize.

The proposed standards are expected to encourage farmers to add value to grain, guarantee quality and food safety.

Meanwhile ZABS has warned publics not to use the draft standards, as national standards yet.

Some of the key stakeholders to actively participating in crafting the standards are Competition Consumer and Protection Commission, Food Reserve Agency, Kamano Seed Company, Lusaka City Council, National Food and Nutrition Commission and National Milling Corporation.

In addition, ZABS has extended invitation to University of Zambia’s department of food, science and nutrition, Zambia National Farmers’ Union, Zambia Rice Federation, Zambia Agricultural and Research Institute and the Seed Control and Certificate Institute.

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