By ALICE NACHILEMBE
The Onion and Potato value chain stakeholders says that the country has adequate stocks of onion and potatoes hence no need to import from outside.
This was resolved during a protracted meeting by onion and potatoes stakeholders, including traders, processors and producers organized by the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), at the ZNFU Secretariat yesterday.
A week ago Shoprite Country Manger alleged that the country had onion shortage.
ZNFU President Jervis Zimba said it was resolved that there shall be no imports of onions or frozen related products as the country has enough stocks.
Mr Zimba also said there is no need for imports of Potatoes in the country as the country has adequate stocks from carryovers and fresh stocks.
He said there is no need for imports of frozen chips.
“There is no need for imports of Potato Crisps; and importers of Potato Crisps shall be referred to the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry (MCTI) for further advice as stakeholders are only in support of measures that will lead to increased production of potatoes locally and value addition,” he said.
Mr Zimba said that stakeholders have also agreed to be in constant consultation to avail updates on commodity availability and measures to be taken.