Minister warns millers over mealie meal prices

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GOVERNMENT has warned millers against taking advantage of people by increasing the price of mealie meal inconsiderately.

Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge sounded the warning yesterday in the wake of the price of mealie-meal going up in most outlets countrywide on average by K5 000.

Mr Musenge said millers should take into consideration the poverty levels among most Zambians, coupled with high unemployment, making it difficult to afford the staple food.

“They should realise that this is a matter of life and death. The millers have to take into account the affordability to purchase the commodity because already very few people could afford to buy the
mealie meal at the old price,” he said.

The Copperbelt Minister said Government was fully aware that the millers were in it for business and would not want to suffocate their business but they should look at the multiplier effects of increasing the price of mealie-meal anyhow.

He appealed to all parties involved to ensure that the issue of the recently increased mealie meal prices be resolved expeditiously, taking on board the views of the voiceless and poor citizens who are the major consumers of the commodity.

“A lasting solution has to be found so that we come up with the best mealie-meal prices that will be appreciated by the millers and the consumers of the mealie-meal whom as a Government we have a duty to feed,” he said.

The Copperbelt Minister also announced that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) had started paying farmers in the region and appealed to farmers to exercise a lot of patience as the agency cleared their dues.

Mr Musenge said farmers must understand that the agency had bought huge quantities of maize during the last farming season and that it would take long to pay all of them but that since the payment process had begun, they should not despair.

Of the K45 billion worth of maize the FRA bought on the Copperbelt, the agency has so far paid out K9 billion. / Times of Zambia

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  1. political awareness November 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    SATA AND PF HAVE FAILED TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF ZAMBIA

    Sata and his corrupt visionless PF government have failed this country Zambia.All these shortages is due to lack of planning by the regime itself .The regime is busy looting and stealing from the treasurey in the pretence of development .We have fuel shortages yet its not long ago when this Mad MAN donated millions of dollars worth of fuel to Malawi.Did he ever get that visit from the president of Malawi? No she shunned him .Today there is a fuel shortages ,apart from that we have a shortage of maize meal and poultry in the country .The hospitals are running out of water ,and the electricity firm failing to supply electricity through out the country .Sata and his hench men cant even calculate the basics .Its a shame that some people voted for him now they are feeling the affects as results of his lies .Sata said 90 days , yes its tuely indeed 90 days of poverty .Sata you cannot please our citizens by merely uttering stupidity or by just naming airports after people .Sort out your failing government.You have too many corrupt politicians , too many dancing queens you need to sort out your own mess.Clearly Sata is a sitting duck waiting to exit State house .Zambia needs new calibre leaders that will understand the need of our people and take action .Sata and Pf are clearly not the right people to run the affairs of Zambia. Am not surprised why he has already started building is house before other former presidents .Sata knows his time is up shame on you Mr President for being such a greed arrogant corrupt man that you are .People of Zambia vote wisely next time .This government has to go .

    Political Awareness

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