Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the national Ministry of Agriculture to suspend the exports of maize and mealie-meal as a measure to avoid food shortage.
As the country have experienced a prolonged drought and have not fully recovered from it, the prices for those products have grown drastically. According to Lungu, that was also a result of grain marketers’ and ZNFU members’ efforts, who have been selling maize and mealie at higher prices after stocking them to the limit.
“We want to suspend the export of mealie-meal and maize until we take stock of what we have in terms of food security,” the leader explained while visiting Chisamba on Sunday.
Lungu also added that he shared the discontent of the farmers as they had not been paid for supplying the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) with maize. He said that the people would receive the money for their work by the end of Tuesday next week.