ANNIE ZULU writes                                        


A PARTNERSHIP model between Government, farmers, grain traders, millers and the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is been developed regarding the implementation of the early maize project, Vice President Inonge Wina has said.

Ms Wina said discussions between the Ministry of Agriculture and all the stakeholders on the issue had reached an advanced stage.

She assured that the Ministry of Agriculture would issue a statement on the way forward once discussions are concluded.

The Vice President was responding to a question asked by Mangango Member of Parliament Mr Goodwin Putu during her question time in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Putu asked Ms Wina what Government was doing to ensure implementation of the early maize project.

“It has been reported that the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has held a meeting to share about Government’s lack of action and guidance on the early maize project. What is government doing to ensure implementation of the project,” Mr Putu asked.

In her response, Ms Wina assured that Government was on top of things regarding the issue.

She also said Government was also collaborating with the private sector on the implementation of the project.

“This is an area where Government is collaborating closely with the private sector and the discussions between the Ministry of Agriculture, grain traders, millers and farmers have reached an advanced stage regarding the early maize project.

“A model is been developed that would be a partnership between farmers, traders, millers, FRA and Government,” Ms Wina said.

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) recently convened an urgent meeting to re-strategize on the issue of early maize growing following allegedly lack of feedback from Government on the way forward.

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