The Permanent Secretary for Luapula Province has disclosed that the region is food-secure because it has enough stocks of maize and other energy foods.
In a press statement released in Mansa today, Boniface Chimbwali said the province currently has 168,209 by 50 kg bags of maize in its reserves in Kawambwa, Mansa, Samfya, Nchelenge and Kaputa which will last until mid- June, this year.
Mr Chimbwali said the maize stocks are sufficient to feed the province until the next crop is ready for harvest if the current stocks are not smuggled out of the country or transported to other provinces.
He added that the province has enough other energy foods like cassava, sorghum, millet and sweet potatoes which should provide the required confidence among the people in the province not to panic.
The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that this year’s crop is ready for harvest for home consumption but harvesting for marketing purposes is expected towards the end April and mid-June.
Mr Chimbwali said the two millers in the province – Jimbara and APG Milling -consume approximately 60,000 by 50 kg bags of maize per month and the current stocks would last until mid-June without problems.