Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya has maintained that government will not allow the export of maize to other countries to enable the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to meet the maize purchase target of 500,000 metric tons.
The FRA failed to meet the maize purchase target at the close of the maize marketing season on 31st October, 2016.
Ms Siliya says in order for FRA to meet the target, there is need for farmers, grain traders and other stakeholders to offload their maize to the agency.
Ms Siliya says this is the more reason why government will not allow for the export of the maize so that stakeholders sale their maize to the agency in order to meet the required 500, 000 metric tons target.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Small Scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFZ) has attributed the failure by the Food Reserve Agency to meet the maize purchase target to the low maize floor price the agency was offering to farmers compared to what private buyers were offering.
NUSFZ Executive Director Dr. Frank Kayula says it was clear from the onset that the farmers were not happy with the maize floor price government had set.