The smuggling of maize and maize products into neighbouring countries has continued despite government putting up measures to curb the vice.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo is concerned that maize and its products are being siphoned into Malawi despite security measures put to ensure food security in the country.
Mr. Kasolo raised the concerns during a press briefing at his office in Chipata.He explained that government is not allowing maize and mealie meal to be exported because it is being subsidized for Zambians to feed.
Mr. Kasolo was saddened that some Zambians are smuggling the staple food for selfish personal gains at the expense of food security.He also said some business persons were holding on to maize which they bought from small scale farmers with the hope that government will lift the ban to enable them export the grain.
And a check by ZANIS who accompanied Eastern Province Assistant Secretary, Royd Tembo, on a fact finding mission to Mchinji in Malawi,revealed that mealie meal was still being sold at the market at a price of 7, 800 Malawian Kwacha, an equivalent of 117 Zambian Kwacha.
Some residents in Zambia’s Mgubudu area in Chipata said truckloads of maize and its products were passing through villages along the border crossing into Malawi, using illegal routes.