ZAMBIA may have to import maize as a result of the partial drought the country is experiencing, President Edgar Lungu has warned.
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President Lungu said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) through the Office of the Vice-President was getting ready to avert hunger and starvation in areas that were experiencing drought. President Lungu said there was a possibility that the country would have to consider importing maize and that it was important to start the preparing for the importation of maize early. He said Government had been discussing with all concerned stakeholders over the looming hunger and that DMMU would have to make a comprehensive assessment of the hunger situation so that the treasury could begin organizing resources.
Speaking to journalists at City Airport shortly before departure for Kitwe where he has been invited to attend United Church of Zambia UCZ) 50 years of existence celebrations, President Lungu said the country was not expecting the best crop yield this farming season because of the partial draught.