FRA approves 1, 200 bags of maize to be sold to needy communities in Itezhi Tezhi

• The district requires about 3, 000 bags of maize to avert the looming food insecurity as a result of climate shocks.
• District Commissioner’s office and other civic leaders are working on modalities for identifying beneficiaries.
• Once the process ends, the sales will commence in the two deports this week.

Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has approved 1, 200 bags of maize to be sold to needy communities in Itezhi Tezhi under the Enhanced Community Maize Sales Programme.
Area Member of Parliament Twaambo Mutinta disclosed that the district requires about 3, 000 bags of maize to avert the looming food insecurity as a result of climate shocks.
Mr. Mutinta also revealed that the District Commissioner’s office and other civic leaders are now working on modalities for identifying beneficiaries and once the process ends, the sales will commence in the two deports this week.
“The target for the district is 3, 000 bags but we have been allocated the initial 1, 200 bags. Itezhi Tezhi experiences food insecurity annually as a result of climate shocks. Despite us having potential to grow maize and enhance food security, this is frustrated by the climatic shocks” Mr. Mutinta said.
He cautioned the responsible officers and civic leaders to be accountable and transparent in the identification of beneficiaries and has called on them to see to it that only the intended beneficiaries should access the maize buying exercise.
“We want to call on various stakeholders to also come on board and support programs in Itezhi Tezhi aimed at creating opportunities for improving gender equality and reducing the negative impacts of climate change and environmental degradation in order to avert food insecurity and create opportunities that are aimed at improving gender equality, he stated.
The Enhanced Community Maize Sales Programme is in line with the Food Reserve Agency’s mandate of ensuring a stable supply of the staple food in the country as enshrined in the FRA Act number 6 of 2020 of the Laws of Zambia.

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