Zambia maize output drops about 6 % – Agriculture minister
Zambia’s maize output declined by about 6 percent to 2.8 million tonnes in the 2011/2012 season from 3 million tonnes last year, the agriculture minister said today.
Emmanuel Chenda also said at a media briefing that Zambia still had a huge maize surplus because of carry-over stocks from last year and is planning to export some of the excess.
“When the carry-over stocks of 770,931 tonnes from the last season are added to the current production, the country ends up with a maize surplus of 1,035,333,” Chenda said.
Zambia needs just over 2.5 million tonnes of maize for human consumption, strategic reserves, stock feed and brewing, he said.
Erratic rains delayed the planting of this year’s maize crop, the country’s staple, raising the possibility of a poor harvest.