Food Reserve Agency acts to avert post-harvest losses

SAVENDA management services global managing director Clever Mpoha (left) signs a memorandum of understanding with Advanced African Solutions Limited chief executive officer Craig Bayley in Lusaka on Monday. The MoU will culminate in construction of 98 Food Reserve Agency warehouses across the country. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

DESPITE maize being a major crop for the nation, it suffers heavy post-harvest losses as majority of the small-scale farmers do not have access to improved storage facilities.
Maize production in Zambia is grown by about 85 percent of small-scale farming population.

During the past few years, the country has recorded consecutive bumper harvests, exposing the country’s limited secured storage space.

It is estimated that about two million metric tonnes of storage capacity is needed to meet the nation’s demand.
According to a report compiled by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, the current serviceable capacity of the storage sheds of 1.3 million tonnes is inadequate to meet the..

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