The Zambian government on Tuesday dispelled reports that it has allowed for the importation of wheat.
Minister of Agriculture Reuben Mtolo Phiri said the government has so far not issued any permits for the importation of wheat contrary to reports, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster, quoted him as saying.
He said the government was committed to working with wheat farmers in the country, and any developments will be communicated to stakeholders in an amicable manner.
The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), an umbrella body of farmers in the country, on Monday expressed dismay that the Ministry of Agriculture has allowed for the importation of 125,000 metric tons of wheat when local farmers have produced adequate stocks for national consumption.
Jervis Zimba, the President of the association, told local media that it was unfortunate that the government took the decision barely three months after local farmers harvested their wheat. He said any decisions on wheat imports should be done in consultation with local producers, adding that the country was currently enjoying a stable of wheat because of local production.