President Edgar Lungu says there is enough maize to sustain the country in the event that Zambia experiences poor maize harvest this year.
Speaking when he met 15 Lamba-Lima Chiefs at Levy Mwanawasa stadium this morning, President Lungu dispelled fears of the country experiencing food shortages because of the poor rainfall pattern in some parts of the country.
The Head of State said he has been assured by authorities in charge of maize reserves that there is enough maize stock to last the country until the next farming season.
Mr Lungu was responding to concerns by Senior Chief Chiwala over the expected poor maize harvest which may result in food shortages.
Chief Chiwala also asked government to distribute farming inputs early for the 2015/2016 farming season.
And President Lungu has said that he is working hard to ensure that farmers diversify from growing maize only.
Mr Lungu said government is working on promoting irrigation farming and crop diversification as one of the interventions to fight food shortage.
And the president has reiterated that the enactment of the constitution should not be rushed.
Mr Lungu said there is need for all Zambians to read the draft constitution thoughtfully.
The President said some clauses in the draft constitution are retrogressive and need to be addressed to take into account the interests of ordinary Zambians.
He said government is ready to enact the constitution if it is the people’s wish to do so but cautioned that it would be to the disadvantage of some groups in society.
The president was reacting to concerns that some proposals regarding land in the constitution strips chiefs’ powers of control over land.
Mr Lungu however, assured the chiefs that he will look into the land disputes that have arisen from the creation of new districts.
He said he is aware that there are land disputes involving chiefs resulting from the creation of new districts such as Ngabwe in Kapiri which has overlapped into some copperbelt chiefdoms.
President Lungu said government is addressing the matter and has asked the office of the Surveyor General to scrutinize district boundaries.