THE Grain Traders Association of Zambia has revealed that Zambia’s reported grain bumper harvest has already generated interests in some neighbouring countries in the region.
The Association says some countries have begun making inquiries of importing grain and maize-meal following the Zambian government announcement that country is again headed for a bumper harvest.
Countries in the Great Lakes region, among them the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, are the leading states making inquiries to purchase Zambia’s maize.
Early this month, former Agriculture Minister Micheal Katambo announced that the country would produce about 3.62 million tonnes of maize in the 2020-2021 farming season.
The projected 2020/2021 crop produce is slightly higher at seven percent from the 3.39 tonnes produced the previous farming season.
With the Food Reserve Agency still holding an estimated 840,944 tonnes in reserves, a 1.52 million tonnes surplus is estimated.