Deputy minister contradicts Lungu on importing maize

In a clear sign of Government made simple, Agriculture Deputy Minister Maxwel Ng’onga has differed with President Edgar Lungu on possible importation of Maize.
The Agriculture Deputy Minister says there is no need for the government to import Maize because the country expects enough Maize yield.
Speaking to Lusaka’ s Hot FM radio and monitored by the Zambian Watchdog, Mr. Ng’onga said the country expects enough Maize from Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces.
” We do not need to import Maize. We expect enough from Luapula, Muchinga and Northern provinces” he said.
However, on Saturday outgoing President Edgar Lungu announced that Zambia will import Maize in order to carter for the shortfall.
Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda during the just ended marketing season urged the private sector to buy as much Maize as possible and export if they so wished because thew country ” had ” enough stock.

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