Zambia records maize bumper harvest, lifts export ban

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Stacks of maize at an FRA Holding Deport

Zambia has recorded a maize bumper harvest of over 3,606,549 metric tonnes.

And Government has since lifted the ban on export of maize and maize products.

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya announced this in Lusaka today when she released crop forecast estimates for 2016-2017 season.

Ms Siliya said the country has also recorded increases in soybeans, cassava, groundnuts and rice.

She explained that maize production has increased by 25 percent, 31 percent in soybeans and 28 percent in groundnuts production.

Ms. Siliya said the country will have a surplus of about 1,178,516 metric tones of maize.

She said the increases in various crop production is as a result of the government’s crop diversification Programme.

Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said the Food Reserve Agency-FRA- will not buy maize to supply to the millers.

Ms. Siliya said the FRA will only buy 500,000 metric tonnes for the country’s strategic reserves.

She has urged the millers, the Grain Traders Association of Zambia and the private sector to take keen interest in maize marketing this season – ZNBC.

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3 Responses to Zambia records maize bumper harvest, lifts export ban

  1. Thank you Lord for the answered prayers. Not even the army worms, the grain borer, the floods and other manifested evil spirits could stop your blessings in store for us. We are nothing without you Lord! God Bless Zambia

    The Chosen One
    May 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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  2. Even Zimbabwe has a bumper harvest this year. It is a regional thing.

    Dean
    May 11, 2017 at 6:55 am
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  3. Good news Ms Siliya. Now that we have a bumper harvest, work towards making mealie meal cheaper and cost between K25.00 and K35.00! Zambians are looking forward to this!

    sinono
    May 11, 2017 at 10:13 am
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