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Grain traders seek State approval to export maize

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ZAMBIA - The Grain Traders Association (GTA) has over 200,000 tonnes of maize which it intends to export, following Government’s announcement that the country has more than enough stock to feed the maize country.

GTA executive director Chambuleni Simwinga said once the association is granted permission by Government to export the maize, it will go ahead.

Mr Simwinga said in an interview last week that before Government allows export, it ensures the country has enough stocks to meet the national demand for grain.

“As an association, we have 227, 234 tonnes of maize, which we intend to export and we are following procedures by Government of getting a permit before we can export. We are currently waiting for a permit to export the maize,” he said.

He, however, said climate change has had negative affect on maize yields throughout the country.

Mr Simwinga, therefore, said there is need to employ farming methods such as conservation farming that could help in maintaining good harvest for the country.

He said improved methods of farming require an average amount of rainfall, which was good for growing early maturing crops which can help increase yields.

Last week, Government said the country had 821,496 tonnes of maize in stock which would last the country upto August.

Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda said the Food Reserve Agency has 518781 tonnes of maize in its stocks, which will be availed to the people if need arises.

March 24, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=63273