Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda has threatened to suspend the subsidised maize supply contract for Choma Milling, if it does not reduce the price of mealie-meal.
Mr. Lubinda says the reduction of the price of mealie-meal should be done immediately.
The Minister issued the ultimatum today in Mazabuka , when he made an impromptu visit to a Choma Milling branch.
Mr Lubinda found that Choma Milling is selling a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast mealie-meal at 79 kwacha.
ZANIS reports that upon finding out this, Mr. Lubinda immediately made a phone call to one of the managers at the milling company, to issue the directive for the reduction of mealie-meal prices.
Mr Lubinda dismissed transport costs, as reasons for selling the commodity at 79 Kwacha, arguing that the milling company should instead concentrate on supplying their commodity to Choma.
Mr. Lubinda is in Mazabuka to officially kick-start the Sugar cane farming season at Nakambala Sugar Estate.