Rescind decision on maize export and ensure food security – HH
By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema says the country is facing unprecedented social, economic and political problems.
Hichilema also called on government to rethink the decision to lift the ban on the exportation of maize and mealie meal as the country was faced with eminent hunger due to poor rainfall.
Hichilema said the country needed to quickly find solutions to the challenges, which should include reviewing the agriculture policy to support productivity and enhance food security.
“Most maize fields have dried up, a sign that poverty levels will escalate to unprecedented levels in our country and this we stated long before the rain season that mechanisms to support life needed to be in place,” said Hichilema.
He said in view of that, it is only logical for the PF leadership to rescind the decision on exportation of maize and mealie meal until such a time when the country was certain of food security.
“This is why we say for us it’s; Zambia and Zambian first,” he said