Government has so far only bought about 394 metric tonnes of maize, out of the total target of 88, 000 metric tonnes.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says that this is valued at 670 thousand Kwacha.
He explained that FRA, the Food Reserve Agency, has so far paid over 266 thousand Kwacha for the maize bought.
Mr. Kasolo explained that illegal exportation of maize to neighbouring countries has contributed to the slow pace at which maize is being supplied to FRA.
During the press briefing, Mr. Kasolo also disclosed that the ban on maize export has been extended indefinitely.
He says government will not allow exportation of maize, until the country’s food security is assured.
Mr. Kasolo expressed hope that more maize will be supplied to FRA once the Ministry of Agriculture officially announces the extension of the ban and now that the election period is over.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kasolo disclosed that the two teachers, who were allegedly involved in the buying of voters’ cards in Chief Chanje’s area, have been dismissed from the teaching service.
He explained that the teachers ran away and failed to report back for work and absconded from work for 10 days.