Some of the donated bags of mealie meal
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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.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Always excuses after excuses. No one is thinking of solving problems in this country but to blame it on something. Too much talk with no action.

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  2. Why as Zambians can we not adopt rice as an alternative, or west African dishes. Solutions are there, but we the Zambian men are indeed the problem. We batter women that do not cook Nshima.

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  3. Another FAKE PROMISE from your HUMBLE VISION-LESS FAKE Leader. After meeting Millers association, he claimed the mealie-meal prices would drop. Illegal President LUNGU’s is so full of Fake Promises.
    Ati…
    – “I’ll create 500,000 Jobs”
    – “Price of petrol will drop to K5 after Saudi oil deal”
    – “Load shedding will be a thing of the past”
    – “Price of maize will drop”.

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  4. ZNUF why no call for diversification of the diet…your members would benefit from your input…what do you benefit as an organisation from maize?

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  5. ZAMBIANS ARE JUST S.TUPID. YOU HAVE MARKET IN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES BUT YOU ARE FAILING TO GROW MORE MAIZE THAN YOU REQUIRE SO THAT YOU CAN SELL TO THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT CHEAPER MAIZE PRICES WHEN THE MARKET OFFERING MORE MONEY IS READILY AVAILABLE.

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  6. In other words it is OK to starve between January and March under pf kikiki can you imagine these buffoons kikiki clueless bigots. Bunch of rats

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  7. What happened to bumper harvest??? What happened to the solar milling plants costing $250 million that were supposed to peg the price at K45. ??

    Common PF even your lies now have wings….

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  8. Zambians are more concerned with the price of Maize Meal than the price of our Copper on the world market! Logic says if we let Maize Meal be an export product and stopped eating it, we will be able to make a collective shout of joy each time the Price went up because that will be proof our GDP was improving.

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