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The Zimbabwean Government has confirmed that it has received 150,000 tonnes from Zambia in preparation for the looming drought that might see the whole country face starvation.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is chairperson of the Food Security and Nutrition Committee says the Government has also secured a further 500 000 tonnes from Ukraine.

He said the government is on top of the things as the hunger and drought situation experienced in Zimbabwe is under control.

Vice President Mnangagwa has revealed the government has secured funding from the Exim Bank of China and has procured more than 650 000 tonnes of maize.

He added logistics are underway to transport the maize.

“We are aware of the drought situation and government has moved in to purchase maize from friendly countries. We have secured 150 000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia and 500 000 tonnes from Ukraine,” said Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe has appealed for $1.6 billion to feed 3 million people — about a quarter of the population — after the worst drought in more than two decades damaged crops, killed livestock and led President Robert Mugabe to declare a disaster.

Zimbabwean farmers will probably produce about 200,000 tons of corn this year, the smallest harvest since at least 1961 when the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization began collecting the data.

Consumption is projected at about 1.1 million tons to 2 million tons in 2016-17.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. PF has absolutely no clue of running government. Imagine another 5 years with PF? anyway we have an opportunity of burying PF once and for all. Vote UPND and HH in August

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    • Relevance????…please stop cheap politicking. Do not be like UPND just blabber things without substance

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    • Nothing wrong with that

      Here is what is wrong-not accepting MS as the next President.

      End thread now

      Thanks

      BB2014

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    • @Reply,the only problem with you and the likes of you is that you are too drunk with hatred and bitterness against our government to an extent that your reasoning and sound judgment has been terribly impaired. The PF government has a long term vision of developing our nation and they are taking one step at a time. We true Zambians are able to understand the PF vision and we are determined to give them another mandate come August. Only people blinded by bitterness can not see what the PF government is doing. Shame on you and i can assure you and the likes of you that you still have more that 20 years to remain in opposition.

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    • How can a normal person celebrate another 5yrs of mediocrity. Under visionless Edgar in only 12 months inflation has tripled, kwacha has lost 80% of its value, high cost of living, rampant corruption, violence, gun totting senior GRZ officials, gagging public media, assault on fundamental human rights using PoA, unprecedented power cuts…Cholera. Surely is this normal? Is this something to aspire to? #Lungumustgo

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    • EDGAR LUNGU DOESN’T LOVE ZAMBIANS, BUT LOVES THE RESOURCES THAT ZAMBIA HAS. LOOK AT HOW SHALLOW-MINDED THIS LINGU IS FOR HIM TO STILL SELL FOOD OUT OF THE COUNTRY WHEN OUR COUNTRY IS TO FACE SERIOUS STARVATION SOME FEW MONTHS TO COME. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, LUNGU IS GIVING ZIMBABWE, A COUNTRY THAT HAS NEVER APPRECIATED WHAT ZAMBIA HAS BEEN HELPING IT FOR THRU OUT HISTORY. ZAMBABWEANS AR ALWAYS UN THANKFUL. I KNOW THEM, I WORK WITH THEM FOR YEARS NOW. IN FACT THEY ALWAYS LAUGH AT ZAMBIA EVEN IF WE TRY TO PLEASE THEM.

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    • Balezd, that’s the funny thing with cadres, you are condemning the UPND cadre but then you end up doing the same thing you are condemning. Strange!!!

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    • These Corrupt PF F.o.ols will finish Zambia, what kind of thinking is this? just wait 2 months down the line, they will start re importing the same maize at a higher price. Lubinda is a Dog with his so called boss.

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  2. It will be foolish of the PF Government to continue exporting maize to Zimbabwe when we are not certain of the projected yields for the current farming season. If there’s one thing that this government lacks is foresight. The day Zambia will experience hunger (through drought), Chishimba Kambwili will come out and say “The whole World is experiencing drought”

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  3. Comment:But y exporting maize now wen da zambian pipo are buying mealie Meal at K95 and some in Chipangali are even dying of hunger dis z wat we call lack of priorities by da PF Govnt.Vote HH in August

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    • When people ask what has poor/bad leadership got to do with an economy this is exactly it. Zimbabwe was the bread basket of the region but no a wonderful leader ran it into the ground, even with diamonds and major tourism etc nothing poor/bad leadership guarantees failure. Compare Zimbabwe to the mostly desert Botswana. What’s the difference, leadership. Zambians if you want to know your future under a bad leader go and visit zim and see your future. Keep in mind even mugarbage has supporters even now so yes maybe let Zambians die of hunger so that one day your eyes will see beyond your bellies

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  4. LUNGU IS NOT ONLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARTY, BUT ALSO A PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY CALLED ZAMBIA. KIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKI HH IS ONLY A PRESIDENRT FOR A PARTY. ANOTHER 5 YEARS FOR PF KWASILA.

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  5. Comment:These zimbabwean pipo deserve 2 suffer Bcoz their stupid dictator president chased all the white farmers and now their are reaping the benefits of their failures.Vote HH in August 4 a betterzambia

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  6. Comment:I go to sleep as a proud man knowing dat CopaBelt z a UPND stronghold,this Bcoz pipo of CB have showed massive support to our leader HH.VIVA HH

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  7. Comment:Ryt now as I’m typing my message we are counting down to 11 August, dis is the of day 18 of february we remaining with 173 days to 11 August for zambia 2 usher in our 7’republican president pipo I can gurrantee u it will be a glorious occassion wen we inagurate HH at Heroes stadium.God bless u all the from USA, UPND washington DC team.VIVA HH

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  8. Comment: @Ba Zambia

    keep on dreaming. You have just lost more votes in sp due to your bad behavior just like your president. Who will let you lead this country?Zambia is for all Zambians but under upnd i doubt it. We won’t be free people because it will (Zambia ) be taken by one tribe. The Zambian people won’t allow it which will lead to ethnic war.

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  9. PF has failed in many ways, there is no way of denying this fact or believing whatever they say. UPND is promising a whole lot of things, I wonder if they are even keeping track of their promises.

    It’s really very difficult to trust a politician!!!, hence the need to vote out any party after 5 years!!!

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    • Registered Voter, seeing is believing unless you are blind. Our next projects will be about massive industrialization which has started with solar hammer mills, my advice; Join us before it is too late! PF for life!

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  10. PF don’t even know what is being exported and imported. Ask them for amounts raised by exports, they hide.
    All the ministers were looking for plunder on the contracts with roads. They were not doing anything else.
    They are qwick to blame comodity prices for Zambian problems while hiding the fact that tourism and agriculture sectors can carry Zambia but because of sheer PF corruption and incompetence, these sectors are non performing.

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  11. Comment: @Registered voter
    promising heaven on earth is the more reason i cannot trust them. Why promise anything that comes in your head without elaborating how you’ll achieve it. There are so many theories in your leader. This is what they call desperation.

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  12. YES we are still exporting maize to Zimbabwe and Malawi. there is nothing wrong with that because very soon we will be importing maize from Brazil so as to caution the deficit. thats what we call planning under the able leadership of President Edgar Lungu

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    • you forgot to add at a higher price, does that make economic sense? shame on you, that is why that grade 12 clause is very relevant.

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  13. hope Lubinda and team have done a good calculation…..its just that Zambians easily forget…come August the shortage will be attributed to global warming…drought…etc

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  14. Economist – Are you the only voter or Zambia who votes?. We are many voters here in Chingola and many other parts of Zambia who are suffering in your PF government. Continue dreaming with your PF.

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    • @ Kambwili. Iam in Chingola too. It is PF Come August 11, 2016. Who says HH will eliminate suffering? Nations go through Trials and Tribulations. The True mark of Leadership is how you handle the Trials and Tribulations. And so far ECL has handled the situation very well. In the face of deliberate moves to destroy the Economy, to pit one region against another, to put Zambia in Flames, ECL has successfully weathered all the Storms. And he has the support of Majority Zambians.
      If HH will eliminate suffering then he is GOD. Only GOD has those powers. I cannot vote for a Competitor to the True God. 2016 August 11, Ni Edgar Lungu.

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  15. There wont be any shortage of Maize in Zambia . Zambia is not among the Countries worst affected by Drought. Watch the Space. Another Bumper Harvest will be recorded. And the Doomsday Cult ( UPND) will be very disappointed. They want to use our suffering to ascend to Power. It wont happen. Even the Violence they have espoused since inception wont work. Even the sposorship of a few myiopic Students at UNza and CBU to cause Riots Wont work. Even the Alliance with the Chief Priest of Hate , Fred Mmembe, wont work. Come August 2016, ECL will carry the day. Another 5 years of PF.

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    • Just wait and cheer for the next usless PF cabinet meeting were all the seem to do is announce more loans.
      That all PF are good for, contracting loans.

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  16. Tulandeco u ar really stupid exporting maize to zimbabwe z one step of developing zambia?amidst this expected drought we still hav fools like u supoting wrong ideas?the small scale farmers advised gvt to stop maize export.i feel like vomiting reading comments like yours fool.

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  17. People that are making noise, have they found out from the agriculture minister Given Lubinda how much maize we have and what the rainfall pattern is like Country wide. What are the projections for next harvest season. We cannot have maize rotting when we have our neighbors staving. HH and his people should know that having a lot of food rotting while your neighbor is staving can make you go to hell. Anyway they are already going to hell for celebrating all the bad things that have happened to Zambia.

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  18. wether u comment rubbish or not Zimbabwe is our ally and has owes been on our side jst like we have been….these are govt to govt deals besides we are not dying of hunger ….wats wrong with helping an ally ba UPND naba opposition………

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    • @ Makasa ulimbwa.Do you know that villagers in Chipangali are starving iwe?!How does the govt export maize yet we have a deficit of grain which is causing the price of mealie meal to hover around K85.If you are well travelled you should know that this whole goodwill by Zambia towards our neighbours like Zimbabwe has never been appreciated yet we continue to sacrifice for them.Grow up chi k al a.

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    • Sorry @Mubita but in the 70’s Zambians used to go to Zim for shopping and basically raiding the shops until there was nothing left. That’s our neibours who has stood by in the past, we can’t ignore their need as they didn’t ours!m it seems there is maize meal available to you and that your complaint is its K85 price tag. It’s inflation due to market conditions, nothing to do with Zim.

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  19. The politics of.zed is polarised. What interest me is the tag of war between the Bemba speaking group vs. Tonga.

    HH is not Tonga but part of the Bantubotatwe group.

    PF cadres have forgotten that bulk of the votes of UPND are outside Southern province.

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