Livingstone District Cooperative Union Chairperson RWINNICK MAPANZA has urged the government to temporarily stop the export of maize to neighbouring countries.
Mr. MAPANZA has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that the flash floods experienced in some parts of the country have adversely affected major maize producing districts in the Southern Province such as Monze and Kalomo.
He said the situation may negatively affect crop yields from the current farming season.
Mr. MAPANZA also said the prolonged dry spell before the onset of the rains which started late, coupled with the flash floods may lead to poor crop yields.
He has further urged the government to conduct a crop forecast survey for the 2021/2022 farming season to determine how farmers are performing so that it can decide on whether to continue exporting maize or not.