Government has lifted the ban it imposed last week on the export of maize after a physical verification revealed that the nation has enough stocks to last until August.
Agriculture permanent secretary Julius Shawa said the country has 600,433 tonnes of maize enough to last until August.
“The ban on maize exports with proper documentation has been lifted. We are aware that some of the grain traders have contractual obligations but we need to make sure that we verify that the grain they are exporting is theirs,” he said.
Government suspended maize exports to curb local shortages pending the verification of available stocks. The government was concerned that steep price increases were being caused by smuggling of the grain to neighbouring Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The country has continued to face mealie meal shortages despite the government continued assurances that the country has enough maize to feed the nation.
Earlier the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has advised against prolonging the ban on the export of maize government announced last week.
ZNFU Executive Director Ndambo Ndambo says prolonging the ban could jeopardize the supply contracts local traders have entered into with players in other countries.
Mr. Ndambo says this could make it difficult for players in those countries to trust Zambian suppliers.
He however, states that the temporal export ban is good and should be used to ascertain whether the country has enough maize in stock.