Given Lubinda
Given Lubinda

Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda says Zambia will this year export about seven hundred thousand metric tonnes of excess Maize to the sub region.

And Mr. Lubinda says he will next week announce in parliament the price at which the Food Reserve Agency will be buying maize from the farmers.

Speaking on ZNBC’s Kwacha Good morning Zambia programme, the Minister said he will also be informing parliament on export modalities.

Mr. Lubinda said with the current maize harvest of about 2.8 million metric tonnes and 5 hundred thousand metric tonnes in reserve, the country has in excess of about 1 point 3 million metric tonnes of the commodity.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lubinda further said that the prices of mealie meal countrywide have started declining.

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18 COMMENTS

    • These guys are clearly unsuitable to manage our affairs and so are their opponents …. After noticing a possible surplus all they think about is exporting the surplus! why are you rushing to exporting the surplus …What about value addition! What about areas that had scanty rains and will need mitigation interventions, what about a cover margin for post harvest loses etc etc. STOP THIS ONE MINDEDNESS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY…. You can do better than what you are thinking…

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  1. Announcing the price is another thing and paying farmers is different.Last year we heard of the moisture content which took us up to July so may be the moisture content this year has changed

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  2. I do not get it, why export any maize when the price of mealie meal is so high for the average family, why not make it available to the Zambians so the price comes down and people can afford 3 decent meals??????????? Zambians need to educate themselves regarding the economics of good living

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  3. LOL – Talk about counting your chicks way too early before they hatch. This is beginning of May, and the moisture content is way above above 12%. Serious Farmers have not harvested as yet for 2015/2016.

    This is a very deceitful report merely intended as cover-up on the 2014/2015 maize scandal, and to deceive people who know nothing about maize growing.

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    • 3 @Sudan May 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Announcing the price is another thing and paying farmers is different.Last year we heard of the moisture content which took us up to July so may be the moisture content this year has changed

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  4. The new Maize price IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WILL MAKE HH LOSE ESPECIALLY RURAL VOTES!!EXPECT PF TO INCREASE MAIZE PRICE PER 5OKG BAG FROM LAST YEAR’S K75 TO MAYBE K80 OR MORE.IF PF PAYS FARMERS WITHIN 2 WEEKS AFTER DELIVERING THEIR MAIZE TO FRA LIKE IN 2015,THEN HH SHOULD FORGET ABOUT RURAL VOTES IN PF STRONGHOLDS!!thats why i keep on reminding upnd dreamers that your hh missed A GREATER CHANCE in 2015 when Guy Scott (his supporters) MADE THINGS EASY FOR UPND!!WITH EDGAR LUNGU ON TOP OF PF AND IN STATE HOUSE,EXPECT PF TO DELIVER MANY POSITIVE THINGS TO KEEP PF LOVERS HAPPY!!!

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    • Yes just like you and your docile rural farmers who think only of today, will vote for a visionless leader.This just goes to show that in Zambia politics is about the tummy not development.Vote back pf and you will regrte a year from August.

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  5. Why should we even think of changing this Govt? Rural farmers have been given tractors, roads, hospitals and schools constructed. Who can these crooks cheat? what change can Bampombo, GBM, Basinono bring?

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  6. This is why we need ATI bill to be passed, we can’t always rely on verbal statics only

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    • 3 @Sudan May 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Announcing the price is another thing and paying farmers is different.Last year we heard of the moisture content which took us up to July so may be the moisture content this year has changed

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  7. Maize, a battle well fought! It’s like a Block Buster movie title! Fab news, well done farmers! And exports for some GDP Revenue, GOOD STUFF,

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  8. How can this Minister think of exporting maize b4 the maize is even harvested and delivered to the depots? Doesn’t FRA keep strategic maize stocks? The Minister should not think of exporting maize b4 setting aside maize stocks for domestic consumption. After the maize delivery period the Minister can take stock of the maize and only export maize which is surplus to domestic consumption.

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  9. Iam one of the transpoter of the last seasons maize and still waiting to be paid my money that has in fact dwindled in value by over 50 percent. Before you talk of exporting please first settle the farmers and transporters bills.

    You have no shame as it was thats why you were removed from your position.

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  10. Soon price of maize wil come down. The oposition tampering with price wil b halted. Farmers wil b well paid FO their maize. Kwacha elebwelafye lyonse. So Viva PF, viva!!!!

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