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Maize smuggling irks Lusaka PS

LUSAKA Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga has bemoaned heightened levels of smuggling of maize and maize products at Chirundu border, stating that the vice is threatening food security.
Mr Kamanga observed that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is struggling to meet its 1 million metric tonnes maize purchase target due to rampant smuggling of the commodity across borders.
He observed during the launch of the District Food Security (maize and mealie meal anti-smuggling) task force at Mthudzi Lodge in Chirundu that smuggling has been on the rise due to food deficit in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, which he said has been putting pressure on Zambia’s food security due to smuggling of the commodity.
“We have witnessed trucks moving on the pretext that they are moving to districts within the province but have been impounded at Chirundu border, a clear indication that they are destined to other countries,” he said.
Mr Kamanga also observed that Chirundu being one of the busiest exit points in CLICK TO READ MORE




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