Maize shortage looms in Southern Africa

Government says the Southern Africa region is expected to experience shortage of maize.

Agriculture Minister Robert Sichinga said Zambia and may be Mozambique might be the only countries that will be spared from this shortage. Sichinga explained that Zambia has enough grains to feeds its people and export to the region.

He said government has also taken advantage of this looming grain shortage to increase on its production. He said government will ensure that it increases production to meet the demand both local and abroad.

Sichinga has also disclosed that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will start the maize purchase next week Monday July  22, 2013. He said the delays in starting the maize purchase is because of the high moisture content in the grains.The Minister said this in a ministerial statement on Friday July 19 in Parliament.

He said government has already send out the empty grain bags in readiness for the exercise.