The Zambia Correctional Service has pledged to continue contributing to the agriculture sector so as to cushion the prices of mealie meal in the country.
Zambia Correctional Service Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Chilundika says the service has placed Maize production as priority on its agenda.
Speaking when he inspected Correctional Service Farms in Luapula Province, the Deputy Commissioner General disclosed that the service is this year expected to produce about 200, thousand by 50 Kilograms bags of Maize.
He explained that the Correctional Service has the capacity to contribute towards the food security in the country through maize production and other crops such as Cassava.
“Apart from consumption, the various products which the inmates produce are sold to the general public, this is key in ensuring that the country is food secure,” Mr Chilundika said.
He observed the maize production will not only feed inmate but will be supplied to the public as well.
Mr. Chilundika cited Kalonga Milling in Kabwe as one avenue which the service uses to cushion the price of mealie meal as the commodity is sold at a much cheaper price.
Mr Chilundika further disclosed plans to open another milling plant in the Northern region in order to give an opportunity for the people in the region to buy mealie meal at a cheaper price.
“The northern region has good climatic conditions for agriculture and nothing can stop Correctional facilities in this region to be producing enough maize for consumption and selling,” he observed.