Resolve instability in mealie meal prices

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The Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has called on the millers and grain traders in the country to resolve issues surrounding instability in the mealie meal prices.

ZACA Acting Executive Secretary Juba Sakala said the millers should engage with the grain traders and Government to create a win- win situation as the country had enough maize stock and the price increment was unjustifiable.

Mr Sakala said the millers should not just increase the mealie meal price because the fuel price had been adjusted upwards but consider the consumers that would be affected negatively.

He also appealed to traders and transport operators to be more considerate on the decisions regarding the adjustments of fuel as the consumers were recovering from the issue of settling school fees.

And the Grain Traders Association of Zambia (GTAZ) executive director Chambuleni Simwinga has dispelled accusations by the millers that the traders were holding on to maize stock causing the mealie meal price increase.
[Times of Zambia]

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Yes I refused to sale my maize at K60 but have kept it and will bring it to the market next week when i know that mealie mill will now be expensive. I have kept 600x 75kg and I will sell it in Zambezi at k150/75kg bag.

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    • Yet these sadistic crooked millers are still buying the maize at K60 per 50 kgs today in 2018 and then want to sale 25kgs of breakfast at above K80 and roller above K60. What madness is this!!!!!
      The State should begin to arrest all millers that opt to increase the price of mealie meal! These greedy cretins will burn in hell I tell you for the grief they have caused poor farmers! The millers made huge profits where they were even getting the maize as low as K35 per 50kg bag in deep rural areas. Enough is enough Zambians should not be taken for a ride! Either all Zambians should begin to boycott buying from millers and rather buy from farmers directly then take ku chigayo so that you teach these sadist millers a lesson or arrest them for exploitation!

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  2. We are just waiting for the Price to rise to profitable level, then we shall offload our maize. I have 407 bags of maize in Mansa. I refused to sale at K60 per 50 kg bag because it was a total loss. Next time tell your President to ask real farmers what the price of Maize should be.

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  3. Please check on these millers, they are selling under weight mealie meal. Ubunga nga bwakela ninshi watwipaya. Bambi tulya umukumo. Mwe buteko loleshenipo

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  4. The less than 10% adjustment in fuel prices can’t cause a substantial increment in mealie meal prices. Millers find it lucrative to mill stock feed or sell Unga to Congolese who are willing to pay a good price. Congolese consumers have money while Zambians are still asking Boma to subsidize, that’s the tricky situation

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  5. I am flabbergasted. What is this moron talking about “be considerate”.

    Its not the farmers job to be considerate to you neither is it the millers problem,

    Their whole pursuit in life should be tbe maximisation of their profits

    When maize was being priced at K60 instead of K85 like the previous year, Dora was teaching us about market forces and free market

    So now we have learnt our lesson well from her, we know now that farming in Zambia is about making money to feed and clothe your dependents. To h.ell with being considerate. Come to market forces this year and forget your emotional blackmail

    We farmers have had enough !!!

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  6. Where were your big mouths when farmers were dying like flies from hunger. Marooned with maize going at K40 per bag !!! Where were you when fuel went up ? Where were you with armyworm support ? Drought relief ?

    You were stuffing your faces with cheap mealie meal that came off the sweat and suffering of some destitute family in the bush

    Now you talk about “instability” in mealie meal prices. Its not instability which implies fluctuations up and down. This is one way up !

    Shut your fat mouth and come see tge distress farmers are in this season.

    If you cant afford our maize, I suggest you switch to cake

    Foseki with you exploiters this year who have had no mercy on us farmers. Pay up or go eat mice !!

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  7. WHAT IS MEALIE MEAL, I CANT FIND THIS WORD IN THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY, is something used to feed PIGS here in sweeden? BUT it seems zambian pipo are eating this stuff iam amazed THUS WHY everything has to be controlled by US the white PEOPLE , u eat mealie meal U belong to dark grey matter pipo

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