The government earlier this month suspended maize and bran exports, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a latest move to ensure availability locally. According to Statutory Instrument No. 85 of 2013, only government-to-government exports and exports by the World Food Programme (WFP) are exempted from the ban. All export permits issued before or after the release of this S.I have since been revoked.
Zambia's maize production fell 11 per cent this year after poor weather and a worm infestation impacted on yields. The 2012/13 maize output was recorded at 2.5 million tonnes from 2.85 million tonnes in the previous season.
Although industry officials have placed the total national requirement of maize at an average of 1.2 million tonnes for food, the brewery and stock feed industries, there are fears the country may experience shortages of maize and bran if exports are not banned.