PF government Spokesperson and Information Minister Kampamba Mulenga has said that the government won’t lift the Maize export ban unless the grain traders sell their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).
The Food Reserve Agency has failed to reach its target of purchasing 500, 000 metric tonnes of maize and most farmers are not willing to sell their maize to the FRA especially after government failed to provide farming inputs under the FISP E-voucher programme.
‘Let the grain traders negotiate and ensure that the maize is bought by government so that we secure the 500,000 metric tonnes,’ Kampamba said.
She said government will not ‘succumb’ to pressure by the grain traders to lift the export ban until they allow government to buy the maize.
Grain traders are asking for the lifting of the maize export ban so that they export 350,000 metric tonnes.
Despite the so called maize export ban, government allowed the export of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize to Malawi in a deal that is surrounded by corruption and has resulted in the firing of the Malawian Minister of Agriculture by President Mutharika.
The Zimbabwean and Congo DR governments have also requested for maize imports from Zambia.