Zambia is this year expected to record a 16 percent decrease in maize production, a crop forecast survey released on Wednesday has shown.
The forecast survey indicates that maize production will decrease to 2,004,389 tons from 2,394,907 tons recorded during the previous season.
Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo, who released the survey results, attributed the reduction in production of maize as well as other crops to prolonged dry spells experienced in the growing season.
He, however, said the reduction in production will not affect the country’s food security as the country was food secure up until the next farming season.
The Zambian minister further said smallholder farmers are expected to contribute about 94.5 percent of the total maize production this year.
According to him, other crops expected to record a reduction in production include seed cotton, which was expected to reduce by 17.8 percent to 72,508 tons from 88,219 tons last season, sweet potatoes from 183,280 tons last season to 109,336 tons this year. Enditem