By Patrick Soko
President Edgar Lungu has pointed out that the demand for the Maize grain this year has constrained supply in the country and consequently stiffening competition in maize prices provoking high mealie meal prices.
President Edgar Lungu has therefore called on farmers to sell their maize to the food reserve agency as this will beef up the national food security.
The Head of State is aware that Climate Change is threatening food security but states that the government is implementing mitigating measures such as putting up irrigation schemes to improve agriculture production.
And Speaking Earlier, Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo has disclosed that the food reserve agency has so far bought over 51 thousand metric tonnes of maize from farmers as of last week.
The minister further revealed that government will tomorrow 14th august 2019, have a meeting with various stakeholders in order to address the rise in mealie prices.
Meanwhile, Netherlands ambassador to Zambia Barbara Hellemond says the six million dollars funded Irrigation Infrastructure Development Project will increase farmers’ access to irrigation and lessen the impact of drought on Agriculture Production.
The trio was speaking during the launch the Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure Development Project in Kafue district this afternoon which is set to benefit 1000 smallholder farmers and create 400 jobs.