Govt commits to procuring 650,000 tonnes of maize to address looming hunger


Government has reiterated its commitment to procuring 650,000 metric tonnes of maize to avert the looming hunger situation caused by the prolonged dry spell.

Speaking during a familiarization tour of media facilities in Chirundu, Information and Media Permanent Secretary Thabo Kawana, echoed President Hakainde Hichilema’s stance, emphasising that no Zambian should go hungry.

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“The private sector has been encouraged to come on board so that government, through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), can have enough maize stock to feed the nation,” Kawana said.

He justified government’s virement of resources from other sectors such as infrastructure, describing the hunger situation as an emergency.

“We have to feed the nation, so resources have been rechanneled because we are dealing with an emergency,” he said.

Kawana also expressed concern about the poor infrastructure at the Chirundu government Complex, describing it as inhabitable.

He assured that he would bring the situation to the attention of the relevant authorities for necessary action.

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