Zam­bia pro­poses ex­port of maize carry-over stocks

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

LUSAKA — Var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor have pro­posed that ex­ports of the 2015/16 maize mar­ket­ing sea­son carry-over stocks should con­tinue along­side the rou­tine ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise.

Dur­ing a stock mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee meeting be­tween in­dus­try play­ers and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture re­cently, the stake­hold­ers said that a quick stock ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise should be con­ducted to give guid­ance on the cur­rent maize mar­ket­ing sea­son.

This is con­tained in a Zam­bia Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union (ZNFU) weekly brief for last week.

The in­dus­try play­ers sug­gest that there is need for the gov­ern­ment to for­mu­late poli­cies that will en­hance the po­ten­tial of large-and-medium-scale farm­ers to con­sider plant­ing early ma­tu­rity seed maize va­ri­ety to max­imise the busi­ness prospec­tive that has been ne­ces­si­tated by the re­gional crop deficit. The south­ern African re­gion has a deficit of over 7.3 mil­lion met­ric tonnes of maize for the 2016/17 mar­ket­ing sea­son.

The crop short­fall will help farm­ers take ad­van­tage of deficit mar­kets in the re­gion thereby gen­er­at­ing more in­come to bet­ter their liveli­hood.

“The early ma­tu­rity seed maize va­ri­ety, which can be planted un­der ir­ri­ga­tion be­fore the on­set of the rainy sea­son will act as a na­tional food se­cu­rity buf­fer…,” the stake­hold­ers note.

Mean­while, South­ern Africa Ferro Al­loys (Safa) has part­nered with Serenje District Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to start mak­ing char­coal from maize cob resid­ual. Safa, which is the lead­ing player in the in­ter­na­tional ferro al­loys in­dus­try, has since started buy­ing shelled maize cobs from farm­ers in the district to help re­duce de­for­esta­tion. — Zam­bia dai­ly­mail

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.