Zambia curbs corn smuggling

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Publish time: 5th April, 2016      Source: www.efeedlink.com
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April 5, 2016

   

   

Zambia curbs corn smuggling

   

   

   

Rampant smuggling of corn into neighbouring countries has led Zambian authorities to restrict the transport of the commodity.

   

   

According to a report by the Zambia National Broadcasting Corp., Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa had ordered that any corn or corn meal transported outside the stipulated time (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) would be seized.

   

   

Shawa said the move was aimed to ensure food security in the wake of reports that unscrupulous traders were exporting the commodity to neighbouring countries, particularly to Malawi and Mozambique, which suffer from acute shortages of the corn due to poor harvests.

   

   

Shawa, however, maintained that Zambia had sufficient stocks of corn, amounting to over 762,000 tonnes.