Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya has disclosed that Zambia has produced a record of 3.6 millions metric tonnes.
Speaking during the interactive forum in Lusaka today, the Petauke lawmaker said that FRA and Private storage capacity are suffocated cause the country had a bumper harvest.
“We are the biggest producer of non genetic maize in the region. Our total consumption of maize as a country is 1.8million metric tonnes. Last year we produced 2.8million metric tonnes. This year we have unprecedented production of 3.8 million”, Said Hon Siliya
She further clarified that though we had an excess of maize stock in the country government had to ban maize export in the interest of citizens to prevent food security threat.
“We had sufficient maize. 2.8 million against our demand of 1.8million but why the ban?
Zambia was sitting in the middle of total hunger. We lost over a million metric tones in 2months to our neighbours who were in need”
She was however, happy that the ban had been lifted as banning erodes confidence.
Ms Silya further clarified that the 10% surcharge which was later introduced was not as result of the ban but a long term measure. She emphasized that agriculture must be looked at as a business which should create jobs for the citizens.