Government says it will not import wheat in a bid to protect local wheat farmers.
Vice President, Guy Scott has further assured wheat farmers in Mukushi farming block in Central Province that government will protect local farmers from unfair competition coming from imported products.
He says the farming block has contributed greatly towards Zambia’s economic development through massive investments.
And Mukushi Wheat Farmers chairperson, Newton Young called on government to provide more incentives to farmers.
He revealed that Zambia has in the recent past become self sufficient in wheat, the only country in the region not even South Africa which exports wheat to Zambia.
This was during the flagging off of the 2011-2012 planting season in Mukushi on Friday.
Meanwhile, Agriculture and Livestock Minister, Emmanuel Chenda has revealed that government has placed emphasis on the development of the sector.
He says the government does not just want to see a bumper harvest in maize but other crops as well.