GOVERNMENT says it is not possible to standardize the prices of mealie-meal in the country.
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Given Lubinda said yesterday that it was difficulty to standardize the mealie-prices meal due to many players involved in.
“At the moment it is not possible to standardize the prices of mealie-meal due to many different players involved in,”Mr Lubinda said.
But Eastern Province Chamber of Industry (EPPCI) president Thomas Mtonga attributed the high mealie-meal prices due to lack of millers in the province.
He said currently most of the mealie-meal which was being sold in the region was from Lusaka.
Mr Mtonga said the best way to resolve the mealie-meal prices was to encourage the local millers to do the work in the province.
He recalled that during the existing of the defunct Eastern Province Cooperative Union which had an affiliate of districts cooperative union in Petauke, Lundazi and Chipata as well as Luangwa Integrated Resources Development Programme which was found in Mfuwe there was no mealie-meal hike in the province.
Mr Mtonga said when the plants went under as a result of privatization, the province had experienced high mealie-meal prices.