The Minister of Agriculture has ruled out further subsidies on the cost of mealie meal.
Brian Chituwo said it is not practical to subsidise the cost of the staple food beyond the existing maize concessions from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).
He said government is already subsidising the cost of mealie mealie through the off-loading of cheaper maize stocks from FRA to the millers.
Dr. Chituwo however told ZNBC that government is determined to ensure mealie meal prices remain below sixty thousand Kwacha per 25 kilogram bag of breakfast.
He accused some mealie meal traders of quoting high prices despite buying the commodity at low prices from millers.
And Dr. Chituwo observed that early buying and delivery of agricultural inputs will act as a long term measure to boost food production in ZAMBIA.