President Edgar Lungu says lifting the ban on the export of mealie meal will not affect the country’s food security.
President Lungu has assured concerned stakeholders that the export of mealie meal will not work against the country.
The Head of State has disclosed that the country has more than enough maize stocks in strategic reserves.
President Lungu says government consulted extensively before lifting the exportation ban on mealie meal.
He cited the Grain Traders Association of Zambia -GTAZ-, Millers Association of Zambia -MAZ-, Zambia National Farmers Union -ZNFU-, Zambia Agricultural Commodity Exchange -ZAMACE- and the Food Reserve Agency -FRA- as some of the key stakeholders consulted before lifting the ban.
And President Lungu says the county expects to record a good harvest hence, the decision to export the excess mealie meal.
He explained that the export will create room for storing this year’s harvest.
The President has also clarified that no maize grain will be allowed to be exported in its raw form.
President Lungu says he will soon direct the minister of agriculture to address the matter through Parliament.
He said this shortly after concluding a 16 kilometre run with senior officers from the defense wings.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said the effects of climate change have negatively affected the rain pattern in the country.
He bemoaned that some parts of the country have recorded poor rains due to climate change.
However, President Lungu said government is ready to address any situation that might arise due to poor rainfall.