The Zambia National Farmers Union -ZNFU- says there is no need to panic over the high mealie meal prices because the trend is normal annually between January and March.
ZNFU president Jervis Zimba also says government should NOT subsidise the maize bought from traders for millers with a view to stabilise mealie meal prices.
Mr. Zimba says government should allow millers to buy maize from traders at the current 265 U.S dollars per ton without subsidy.
He says millers not selected for the subsidy program would create an artificial shortage which would lead to another problem.
Mr. Zimba was speaking to ZNBC News in a telephone interview.
And Mr Zimba said mealie meal prices on the Copperbelt will never be the same as Lusaka because of the illegal exports at Kasumbalesa border owing to the rising demand in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has also advised the Food Reserve Agency -FRA- to export the 300-thousand metric tons of maize in its reserve to raise enough liquidity to enable it participate in the open market.
The Ministry of Home Affairs says Zambian truck drivers will no longer be required to obtain a business pass when entering Tanzania.