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Mugabe’s White Farmers Reap 3.3 Million Tonnes of Maize In Zambia While Zimbabwe Starves

 Lusaka – MAIZE output has increased to 3.3 million tonnes in the current harvesting season, the highest production recorded in Zambia’s history.

Agriculture minister Wylbur Simuusa said this afternoon that the production of rice, millet, groundnuts and tobacco has also increased this season compared to the last season.

He said the country’s maize production rose 32 percent in the 2013/2014 season from 2.5 million tonnes in the 2012/2013 season on the back of improved yields, area planted and increased investment in the sector, signalling a possible sharp drop in mealie-meal prices.

“This is the highest ever maize harvest recorded in Zambia’s history and provides us with the opportunity to adequately feed the nation and export the surplus,” Simuusa told journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday. “However, it also brings challenges of ensuring availability of adequate storage facilities to minimise losses and also address export policy issues.”
He said the government planned to export slightly over 300,000 tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Kenya.

Simusaa, however, added that the government would be cautious on exports so as not to compromise food security.

“The government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will buy 500,000 tonnes of maize from small-scale farmers for strategic reserves,” Simuusa said.

He said Zambia’s maize stocks were currently estimated at 3.9 million tonnes, following a carryover stock of 597,192 tonnes from last year.

Simuusa said for an estimated population of 15.2 million people, the food balance sheets showed that total maize required for human consumption amounts to 1.5 metric tonnes while the requirements for stock feed and breweries was 355,630 tonnes.

“When these requirements are subtracted from the estimated total availability, the food balance sheet indicates that the country has recorded a maize surplus of 1.1 million,” he said.

Simuusa said it was the government’s belief that with this surplus, the mealie-mealie prices should start dropping.

And Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) president Allan Sakala said in an interview that mealie-meal prices were likely to start stabilising although a sharp drop would only be determined by the floor price.

“It is possible that we can have prices falling to somewhere between K50 to K60 per 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast meal and K40 and K50 for roller meal but that will be driven by the maize floor price,” said Sakala.

Earlier, Simuusa indicated that the government would only announce the maize floor price after the right moisture content for the maize was achieved.

He further said rice output would increase to 49, 640 tonnes this year compared to last year’s 44, 747 tonnes although the country would face a deficit of 15, 500 tonnes.

“Millet production has also increased by 27 per cent to 30, 504 tonnes while groundnut production has declined by 34 per cent to 143, 591 tonnes,” said Simuusa who also urged farmers to diversify their crops as a way of hedging risks of price fluctuations. “Tobacco production is forecast to increase by 19 per cent to 35, 669 tonnes.”

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  • Reality

    Good on you guys

  • Duncan Gill
    • Mukahuru

      Fvck yourself

      • morton

        Mumpara!

  • Daniel Ngonyi

    is that natural maize or monsanto mutants ?

  • Avner Eliyahu Romm
  • NorBdelta

    Zimbabwe “The Jewel of Africa, left to rot”

  • Mukahuru

    Good! So that means they van come and take the rhodhie remnants still hanging around our Beautiful Black Country.

    • morton

      Should you not rather be out looking for something to eat????

  • chris

    BLACKS THINK IT ALL ABOUT THE LAND … ITS NOT, ITS ALL ABOUT SKILLS AND DETERMINATION.

  • Belvidere

    Hey hey hey, the Rhodies will always rise to the top! – like Cream on milk!! Choke on that muggsy!

  • Kariuki Anthony Kiragu

    I have just read the story and noted that nowhere are
    white farmers mentioned except on the headline.

    It is insulting to Zambia because it implies they could
    not have increased yields without white farmers, to Zimbabweans because it implies
    they made a mistake by taking back their stolen land and to Africans in general
    because it implies that whites are needed to feed Africans.

    This is bare-faced propaganda.

    • Alan Kennedy

      True, the headline and opening paragraph are misleading, but surely a little bit of reading between the lines is also telling (?) “The government … will buy 500,000 tonnes of maize from small-scale farmers…”
      The other 2,800,000 tonnes not accounted for

  • Daniel Gajowski
  • I’ve travelled to those regions – I was told Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe’s government seized the white farms and handed them over to blacks who haven’t got a clue how to operate a farm so they just slaughtered and ate all the livestock, sold off the farming equipment and left the farmland abandoned…

  • Deon van der Westhuizen

    White farmers are not appreciated in South Africa. Now we are forced to import Maize from our brothers in Zambia. Farmers that used to farm here in South Africa. This is the first time ever we need to import maize.