Maize production in Mpongwe district for the 2014 /2015 maize marketing season has maintained the 80,000 metric ton threshold.
According to the 2015 crop focus survey Maize Production over the years 2010 to 2015 in the district has been stable with a trend of 80,000 metric tons production.
According to the survey, the 2014 /2015 maize marketing season saw the district produce approximately 85,046.68 metric tons of maize compared to the 2013 /2014 maize marketing season which produced 83,736.66 metric tons of maize.
This means maize production in the district has increased by 1310.02 metric tons in the 2014 2015 maize marketing season.
The district has however recorded a drop in soya beans production with a yield of 2.88 metric tons compared to the year 2014 which saw a yield of 2.99 metric tons.
Other crops highlighted are seed cotton with a yield of 701 metric tons compared to 280 metric tons in the 2013 2014 season.
Meanwhile, Chief Mwinuna of the Bulima speaking people in Mpongwe district has thanked President Edgar Lungu for raising the maize floor price from the initial K70 to K75 for a 50 kilo gram bag of maize.
In an interview with ZANIS, Chief Mwinuna described the development as a true mark of leadership by the head of state.
The traditional leader said the directive by the head of state to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to purchase maize at K75 per 50 kilo gram bag of maize has restored confidence in farmers to sale their maize within the shortest period of time.
He added that President Edgar Lungu had beyond reasonable doubt shown that he is a man of the people.