Mealie meal prices have increased in Lunga District in Luapula Province.

ZANIS in Lunga District reports that prices for a 25 kilogramme bag of Breakfast is fetching  K125  while that of roller meal is K115
per bag.

The development has not only saddened the community but also that of authorities in the area as well.

Speaking in an interview in Kasoma Lunga Chiefdom at Multipurpose Hall, District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO) Ignatius Lusambo says prices on the commodity will only reduce in the District if government intervened by  setting  up a  Solar Milling Plants like in other district.

 

Mr. Lusambo said mealie meal prices have increased owing to high transportation cost of the commodity from the neighbouring Samfya District.

 

The DACO, however, noted that ever since Lunga was declared a District,  a number of small scale farmers and people have realized the importance growing maize but are hindered by lack of a milling plant to process their maize into mealie meal.

And one of the residents of Kasoma Lunga , who is a trader  told ZANIS in an interview that even though mealie meal prices have gone up, there is little or no profit due to escalating transport costs.

 

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  1. That is the progress of PF government to deliver cheaper services to Zambians. The solar mills PF government brought to our nation is delivering cheaper Millie meal as promised. This should be hailed by all rural areas as cheaper Millie meal will cover the rest of Zambia by the year end. Well done PF

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    • Before PF —- K35 a bag. After PF —– K125 a bag.

      What else is there to say??????????????????????????????????

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  2. What has happened to FRA/Millers deals? Last month Times of Zambia and Zambia daily Mail carried some screaming headlines concerning the reduction in mealie meal prices, was it a hoax by our two national newspapers and if so who were they fooling?
    ZCF to complete installation of 2,000 solar mills by June 2017. What has happened to the much publicised solar Hammer mills? Too much mediocrity pa Zed mwe!

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  3. IT REALLY SHOCKS ME THAT ZAMBIA HETHERTO IS STRUGGLING TO FEE ITS POPULATION IN A LAND OF ABUNDNCE FERTILE SOIL, WATER AND YOUTHFUL POPULATION. ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE A TENDENCY OF JUST TINKERING WITH PROBLEMS THINKING THEY ARE SOLVING THEM. IT IS VERY EASY TO HAVE ABUNDANT FOOD WITH A LOT OF SURPLUS IN ZAMBIAN THAN IT IS NOT EASY TO HAVE FOOD SHORTAGES IN ZAMBIA. I KEEP WITING AND ADVISING OUR GOVTs ABOUT THE SAME THING(S) YEAR-IN-YEAR-OUT. ZAMBIA NEEDS 4 TO 5 STATE-OF-THE-ART MILLING PLANTS STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED IN TOWNS WITH HIGH SMUGGLING POTENTIAL INTO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES SUCH AS DR CONGO, ZIMBABWE, MALAWI, ANGOLA, AND BURUNDI AND RWANDA EVEN COVERING TANZANIA. THESE HUGE PLANTS TO DEAL WITH ALL NAMED GRAIN SHOULD BE PREDOMINANTLY FOR EXPORTS OF VALUE-ADDED GRAINS SUCH AS…

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  4. @4 …THESE HUGE PLANTS TO DEAL WITH ALL NAMED GRAIN SHOULD BE PREDOMINANTLY FOR EXPORTS OF VALUE-ADDED GRAINS SUCH AS RICE, MAIZE, WHEAT, SORGHUM, MILLETS, BARLEY, ETC. THE PURPOSE OF THESE PLANTS WOULD BE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO MEALIE MEAL AND OTHER GRAIN POWDERS WHILE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF FARMERS IN MILLIONS- IN SHORT CREATING MILLIONS OF DIRECT JOBS AND MORE MILLIONS OF INDIRECT JOBS. THESE SOLAR MILLING TOYS WERE JUST A CON FROM INDIA (OR IS IT CHINA), AS USUAL. THE MILLIONS SPENT ON THEM COULD HAVE CONSTRUCTED 5 TO 6 HUGE PLANTS TO SOLVE ALL FOOD BLUES IN ZAMBIA IN THE CONTEXT OF SURPLY AND DEMAND, AND SMUGGLING.

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    • That a very good idea or must say sounds good.

      Worthy of more debate.

      The only draw back would be increased smuggling in times of drought as the position is near smuggling markets.

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    • Peter, Good Thinking,the problem is not setting up the plants only, it starts with the farmers. These farmers do not receive farming inputs in time. So what would the plants be processing without the grain????????

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  5. The high pitched voice Emelyn kabanshi didn’t get any solar milling plant for her constituency, too bad anyway they got those green chitenjes and white t-shirts in exchange for their vote, what more do they want?

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  6. This is a step in the right direction well done pf I hope more commodities could go high so Tha people learn something.

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  7. @coneilo.! I concur with you. Let these monkeys eat their sh?!t. That’s what they were asking for when they were busy dancing to”dununa reverse nonsense”. Tiye nayoo!!! Efyo mwalefwaya bakolwe imwe …!!

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  8. About the solar milling plants. I think that project has been a wastage of resources because we have more than two just here in chipata di strict but mealimeal prices have remained high. I don’t really understand how and why but their impact is zero here not knowing in other areas

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  9. How are Luapulans going to survive these prices when they are the most poverty stricken province in Zambia.

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  10. This battle is not for luapula alone,it’s for the entire nation,we are in quagmire everything has gone high,even the cost of doing business is too much to make the matter’s worse we have now toll gates which are highly charging making people charge more on their goods because of transports.

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