President Edgar Lungu announces the increase of Maize floor price

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President Lungu looks the field of maize during the Agritech Expo 2016 in Chisamba Central Province
President Lungu looks the field of maize during the Agritech Expo 2016 in Chisamba Central Province

President Edgar Lungu has officially announced the upward adjustment of the Maize floor price from 75 kwacha to 85 kwacha per 50 kilogramme bag of maize.

President Lungu says the upward adjustment of the floor price was arrived at after wide consultations with the Ministry of Finance, Bank of Zambia and technocrats.

The President said the move is to appreciate the hard work of farmers for producing a bumper harvest even in the midst of challenges.

Farmers and organisations have welcomed the increase of the maize floor price by President Edgar Lungu from 75 to 85 Kwacha per 50 Kilogramme bag of Maize.

National Union of Small Scale Farmers Association President Frank Kayula has hailed the development saying President LUNGU has heard the pleas of farmers.

Mr Kameya has told ZNBC News that small scale and peasant farmers have been lobbying government to increase the price of maize since Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda announced the maize floor price in April.

And Lusaka economist Grayan Lwando said the increase will empower peasant farmers.

And the Zambia Cooperative Federation-ZCF-President James Chirwa also said the move will result in increased revenue for farmers.

Mr Chirwa said the development is long overdue.

23 COMMENTS

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      Just watch how this incompetent character will flip flop when mealie meal prices go up in a few weeks’ time. Chakolwa Chagwa is a one track mind character who cannot assess many options at once. Because he is in rural Zambia, he wants to pull in the rural vote. Yet this drunken dimwit has spent the last 18 months railing against bakachema, the farmers, whose votes he now wants. Rural people have not forgotten Chakolwa’s sneers against farmers, bakachema.
      #ChagwaMustFall
      #PFmustGo
      #PF Zwaa!

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      This chap Vodiga Rungu has tasted the sweetness of power and does not want to let go!!
      First the Chiefs salaries increased, then this now!!??
      Desperation in the flesh!!

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    Comment:Elo lwanya. increase price of Unga this time. Ba lungu have mercy on people, it is going to be difficult ukubwelela ku state house. It’s too much.

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    Whether you like it or not the farmers will get more money, haters are crying if you think Lungu is playing a campaign game then you are welcome play yours the final will be on 11th August 2016 and you and I will be there to witness the it

  3. vote

    Ngati chakunyonga kwela kansimbi.

    Farming has become profitable so you people that don’t cultivate it’s high time you bought farm plots an grow your own maize. Firstly, you will never buy mealie meal and secondly, and most importantly, let’s see how much you will sell your surplus maize at!

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    STATEMENT BY MILLERS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA: Owing to the increase in the floor price of maize to K85, Millers countrywide have adjusted the price of mealie meal by a corresponding K10 and the retail price of a 25kg bag of mealie meal will now cost K105.

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    Comment: Please HE Chagwa Lungu, announce also the salary increment of civil servants. We are behind you on this one. #viva EL 2016

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    So you chaps ingombe ilede guys u want to buy mealie meal at a free price when farmers are sweating to.make money ****** don’t u know farmers are in business they have to make money if u think mealie is expensive grow your own maize its the same if you feel rent a house is expensive build your own house or booking a traveling by taxi is a expensive buy your own car period . if u belive in free hand out you will remain like that my friend just work hard in what ever your doing boys

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    NOVATEK, ZAMBEEF, AFGRI and NWK are buying a 50kg of Maize at K105.00 Payment after 2 working days.
    Your offer ba ECL is not Good enough.

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      Please be worried of your god HH who is buying maize at his farm at K50.00 per bag . Greedy cow bustard!

  8. vote

    THIS IS MOST IF NOT WASTE FOOOOOLISH PRESIDENT I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS, IF ZAMBIANS ESPECIALLY FARMERS VOTE FOR HIM THEN THEY ARE AS FOOOOOOOOOOLISH AS HE IS.

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    There goes Mr Walk the Talk-ECL!!bravo ba kateka!!MORE MONEY IN FARMER’S POCKETS!!!WE SHALL VOTE FOR PF IN LARGE NUMBERS!!LET “CHUUNDU CHAITWA” CHAIRMAN HH HUNG!!!”UMUNTU NI LUNGU-2016!!!GO PF GO!!

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    “The President said the move is to appreciate the hard work of farmers for producing a bumper harvest even in the midst of challenges.” Really, I thought the move should have been based on the actual cost of producing one bag of maize – don’t you think it is not yet Christmas to reward good behaviour!

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    There is no maize in the sub Region. It is fetching over K200 in neighbouring countries. If you keep the Price at K75 you are inviting smugglers of all shades to come and cause Ammagerdon and havoc in Zambia. Raise the price a bit, Buy most of the maize for our strategic reserves. Offload a bit of it to Sollar milling plants and user friendly Milling plants at subsidized prices. You have managed to motivate the farmer, you have Mealie Meal in the shops , and well the 10 point plan is in Tatters. What will HH talk about? Load Shedding ? We have power now and once Maamba becomes mainstream we will have only 2 Hours Load Shedding. Free Education ? Well it is in the Extended Bill of Rights now, so it is not a Campaign issue? Health ? Hospitals, Health Posts and Training schools all over…

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    What will HH talk about? Load Shedding ? We have power now and once Maamba becomes mainstream we will have only 2 Hours Load Shedding. Free Education ? Well it is in the Extended Bill of Rights now, so it is not a Campaign issue? Health ? Hospitals, Health Posts and Medical Training schools all over the country by the PF government. Infrastructure? Maiwe. The only card on HH and GBM is Violence. Zero Option. But we are smart. Even with Violence we will vote. Its game over Mr HH.

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    Happy farmer. I will grow more maize. Worried about my children in town, mealie meal will increase to over K100.

    MR President you should have waited.

    Good luck all the same.

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    Even if you can defend your campaign motives.Apa kwena,awe,chachilamo.How do you justify such crazy increments?From which planet are you going to fall and come here on the entire earth and explain to people that within one month i increansed everything-and people believed me?Where?Cos within a short space of time,this fool is not realising that he is actually increansing the prices of goods in those Professions.If you increanse the Chiefs salary-the suppliers of goods & services to chiefs will increanse their prices too.If you increanse the maize floor price,transport & Fuel will go up to go and sell that maize,The next seed & fertilizer inputs will go up too.Stupid thinking.

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    useless upnd carders just appreciate the president’s decision. but, ngamuli fipuba mwalaponta.

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