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Zambia to Sell Corn From Record Crop; Drought Hits Neighbors

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Zambia plans to sell as much as a third of its record corn crop as drought and floods in neighboring nations decimate harvests of the grain used as a staple food.

The country will sell as much as 1 million metric tons of its white-corn surplus, Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda said. The government has set aside almost one-third of its record 3.2 million-ton 2014 crop to sell locally and to neighbors, he said. Lubinda has held talks with its southern neighbor Zimbabwe over a possible sale, he said on March 19, declining to stipulate how much it may buy.