ZAMBIA has commenced the export of over 200,000 tonnes of maize from the 2.47 million tonnes the country produced in the 2012/13 farming season. The maize is being exported under the Government-to-Government agreement to Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Food Reserve Agency (FRA) executive director Chola Kafwabulula said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that the country would export 20,000 tonnes of maize to Tanzania, 35,000 tonnes to Malawi and the remainder 150,000 tonnes of the commodity to Zimbabwe.
Mr Kafwabulula said since the export programme commenced in April this year, 15,000 tonnes of maize had been exported to Tanzania and 5,000 to Malawi. "For Zimbabwe, so far we have exported 12,000 tonnes of maize and we should be concluding with this programme come the end of this year," he said.
Mr Kafwabulula said as from figures obtained last week, the agency had purchased 370, 048 tonnes of maize from farmers in the ongoing crop marketing season. "This represents that we have so far purchased 74 per cent of our targeted consignment from across the country this marketing season and we are on course to meet the September 30 deadline,' he said.
He said the lowest purchases were recorded in Western Province, which has so far only accounted for 4,000 tonnes of maize out of the targeted 10,000 tonnes.
The highest purchase we have recorded is in Northern Province were 74,000 tonnes of maize have been purchased out of the targeted 52,000 tonnes.