Mkushi faces food shortage as PF sends 1800 tons of maize to Zimbabwe

Mkushi faces food shortage as PF sends 1800 tons of maize to Zimbabwe

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 08.51.08Mkushi district in central province is hit by severe food shortage due to poor agriculture yields and district commissioner Luke Mwamba has appealed to government to send maize to the area.

But the Zambia government is currently trucking maize to Zimbabwe.

According to information obtained from the DC’s office, the area has no maize stocks and the DC has appealed for quick intervention of about 4,000 x 90 Kg bags. The DC also told the media that he has since communicated the development to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Vice President’s office.

Earlier this year Vice President Inonge Wina, based on advice from Food Reserve Agency technocrats advised against President Edgar Lungu’s plan to export maize to neighbouring Zimbabwe to avert a food shortage in the country but Lungu rubbished the advice and has been exporting the maize.

Most areas are likely to face erratic food shortages due to the mismanagement of the farming season last year.

By Last week, Zambia had sent up to 1 800 tons of maize to Zimbabwe, according to the state-owned newspaper The Herald.

Zimbabwe’s Agriculture, Mechanism and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made said another 1 300 tons were expected.

Zimbabwe needs at least 700 000 tons of maize to avert the crisis.

 

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