maize export ban

Small-scale farmers push for lifting of maize export ban

The National Union of Small-Scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ) is urging government to lift its maize export ban to avert a grain market crisis. Frank Kayula, NUSFAZ president, said lifting the ban will help provide a solution for the growing problem of a good maize harvest, but poor returns.

“There are lots of requests by neighbouring countries asking to import maize from Zambia. We are urging government to take advantage of the external demand by agreeing to those requests and allowing farmers to export maize,” he said.

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) on Tuesday warned that farmers will get poor prices for their maize as a result of government interference in marketing and indirect taxes which increased input costs.

Kayula said agreeing to requests by neighbouring countries to buy Zambian maize will not only help to increase maize prices, it will also ease pressure on storage capacity.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola asked to buy a 100 000 tons and 20 000 tons of maize respectively.

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