Yellow maize ears harvested at CIMMYT's Tlaltizapán research station, Mexico. Photo credit: CIMMYT.

Zambia plans to import 650,000 metric tons of white maize from Tanzania after drought cut production by more than 50%, information minister Cornelius Mweetwa said on Wednesday.

Zambia’s maize production in the 2023/24 crop season is expected to decrease to 1.5-million tons from 3.2-million tons the previous season, according to a crop forecasting survey.

“The government has reached an initial agreement with the Tanzanian government to import 650,000 tons of white maize,” Mweetwa said in a statement announcing cabinet decisions.

Agriculture minister Mtolo Phiri said in parliament on Tuesday the country suspended maize exports following a deficit of 2.1-million tons and would import the staple grain.


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