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Carryover stocks ease concerns over Zambia’s lower maize crop

Maize (Corn)
Zambia
Published Jun 29, 2023

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Zambia's minister of agriculture has attributed a decline in maize production to a decrease in planted area and reduced yield. Small- and medium-scale farming households are expected to contribute the majority of this year's harvest, with large-scale farmers making up the rest. Despite the drop in production, Zambia is expected to remain food-secure, as carryover stocks are sufficient to meet local demand.
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The country’s minister of agriculture, Reuben Phiri, ascribed the drop to a decline in the area planted from 1,69 million hectares last season to 1,51 million hectares this season. “This is coupled with a reduction in yield from 2,14t/ha last season to 1,8t/ha during the period under review,” he told Food Business Africa. Phiri said the country’s small- and medium-scale farming households were expected to contribute 96% of this year’s harvest, with large-scale farmers making up the rest. According to him, Zambia would remain food-secure, as the total carryover stocks held by farmers, millers, grain traders and the country’s Food Reserve Agency (FRA) had stood at 1,5 million tons on 1 May 2022. The FRA was established to ensure a reliable supply of designated agricultural commodities, meet local shortfalls, and stabilise prices. According to fra.org.zm/, the FRA’s goal is to complete the value chain by providing market access to small- scale farmers in rural areas. It is also ...
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