Mr Kabwe said load shedding, which is one of the reasons advanced by the millers for increasing the mealie-meal prices, is not a reason enough for millers to hike the price of the country’s staple food.
He said the country has enough maize and the Food Reserve Agency is still buying maize which will be offloaded on the market at an appropriate time for millers to have enough maize stock.
Mr Kabwe noted that the millers are still using the maize stock from the previous harvest season and since then government has not increased the fuel price for millers to attribute the hike in the mealie-meal price to the high cost of production.
And Mr Kabwe has commended millers in Kitwe for not increasing the price of mealie-meal contrary to the announcement by the Millers Association of Zambia that millers have increased the price of mealie-meal.
The DC said he was happy that the millers in Kitwe were partnering with government in ensuring that people afford to buy the staple food.
He added that there was need for millers to pass on to the consumers the benefits of the subsidies that government is implementing through the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
Millers in some parts of the country have increased the mealie-meal prices to about K73,000 for a 50 kilogramme of breakfast.
The Millers Association of Zambia has attributed the hike to the high cost of production caused by power load shedding among other factors.