Based on exceptional rains and improved agricultural methods, Zambia’s maize production increased by 7% to 3.62 million tonnes in the 2020/2021 crop season, the greatest in the country’s history, from 3.38 million tonnes the previous year.

Zambia will export over 1 million tonnes of white maize to boost private sector participation and agricultural commodity trading, Agriculture Minister Mtolo Phiri announced recently.

The southern African country predicts a surplus of 1.52 million tonnes of corn, a basic crop in the landlocked country of 18 million people, with carry-over reserves of 840,944 tonnes from the previous harvest.

“There is a need therefore to expand sales through the export of maize and maize products to stimulate private sector participation and create an alternative market for farmers and traders,” Phiri said at a media briefing. “In this regard, I am happy to announce that the government has authorized the export of 1,177,500 metric tonnes of maize,” Phiri said as the country bounces back from a bad 2019 drought, one of its worst in decades. Zambia’s food reserve agency plans to buy a total of 800,000 metric tonnes of maize for strategic reserves.

According to a March report from the humanitarian information portal ReliefWeb, Zambia still faces food insecurity and high chronic malnutrition following the drought.

Previous articleZambia get European Investment Bank assistance for sustainable agricultural investment
Next articleAbsence of legislative support for small-scale fisheries and aquaculture is jeopardizing millions of people’s food security-Research

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

5 + eighteen =