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Government must speed up the setting up of milling plants across Zambia-JCTR

Economy Government must speed up the setting up of milling plants across...

THE JESUIT Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has urged Government to speed up the setting up of milling plants across the country.

JCTR Livingstone outreach regional officer George Makaha said the high prices of mealie meal in Zambia had contributed to the increase the Basic Needs Basket (BNB) and hence solar milling plants would help reduce the price of the staple food.

Mr Makaha said in an interview that the JCTR was getting concerned by the high cost of essential food and non-food items monitored in the city of Livingstone and felt the increase would negatively affect many people.

Meanwhile, the cost of living for month of January 2016 in Livingstone as measured by JCTR’s BNB for an average family of five is currently K3, 897.22.

This shows an increase of 390.63 from December which stood at K3, 506.59.
“Costs contributing to BNB was food commodities such as Mealie meal,Kapenta,dry fish, cooking oil,bread,sugar,Tomatoes ,Onion and green vegetables,” Mr Makaha said.

He attributed the increase in the in the BNB for Livingstone to weak Kwacha, high inflation rates, deficit in energy supply and the resultant decline in productivity.

Mr Makaha said his organisation acknowledged measures that were being taken by Government to curb the high cost of living including direct negotiations with millers, offloading more maize on the market and the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on wheat and bread.

“While these efforts are recommendable and will push the cost of respective basic food items downwards, there is need for more long-term measures to stabilise the overall cost of basic needs,” he said.

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  1. Its like our enemise hold key positions in this govt to frustrate and delay key programes. If chanda kabwe can work with marktees why cant HE appoint hon kambwili to manage installation of solar milling plants? WHY NOT INSTALLING THESE PLANTS NEAR FRA SHEDS to reduce meameal price? it will reduce transport cost

  2. That is a mature comment Livingstone chapter of JCTR. Thank you Mr Makaha, that is refreshing and constructive language and meant to build. Come to Lusaka and the Post will either tell you what to say or they will twist what you say.
    Ask Father Luonde, he reads what Mmembe writes for him to appear as if Luonde is a thinker. Father Luonde a thinker, my foot!!

  3. These will just turn into private milling companies for corrupt officials….another reason why govt should not be involved in business.

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