The opposition People’s Party (PP) has called on government to stop charging duty on imported maize as one way of ensuring that people have maize.
The remarks follow reports that most Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots have run out of maize to sell to hunger victims in the country.
PP acting president Uladi Mussa has argued that many companies have maize outside the country but they are failing to import because of the high duty that is charged on the staple food.
“With the hunger crisis, government could have stopped charging duty on maize for some months until people have some food from the harvest they are to have at the end of this agricultural season,” said Mussa.
Mussa further blamed government for delaying to transport maize to regional Admarc warehouses, arguing that the delay means hunger victims will not have access to maize on time.
While the lack of maize has been blamed on vendors for buying maize from Admarc depots, reports reveal that some Admarc selling points have not been supplied with maize since the crisis began.
Meanwhile, government has disclosed that it will need over K3.5 billion to procure more maize from outside the country.