Zambia has recorded a 69 percent increase in maize production during the 2019/2020 agricultural season from the 2,004,389 metric tonnes (MT) that were produced in the last season. The country is projected to harvest 3,387,469 metric tonnes of maize this year and has a carry-over of the staple food amounting to 179,247 mt, translating into the total supply available for the 2020/2021 marketing season to 3,566,716 tonnes. Minister of Agriculture Mr.Michael Katambo announced in Lusaka that the total maize required for Zambia’s estimated 17 million people is 3,356,617 metric tonnes, out of which, over 1.6 million mt is for human consumption while one million tonnes is for strategic reserves. Mr. Katambo said over 409,000 metric tonnes is for industrial requirements and 210,000 metric tonnes will be the surplus. Mr. Katambo said Soya-bean and Sunflower are also expected to increase in production by 6 and 4.7% respectively.

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