President Lungu has direct the FRA to release 35,000 metric to selected Millers on the Copperbelt Province.

Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe
Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe
Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe
Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe

President Edgar Lungu has directed the Food Reserve Agency to release 35,000 metric tons of maize to selected Millers on the Copperbelt Province.

Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe announced the development at a media briefing today.

Mr. Mwakalombe says the directive by the Head of State folows a request by Millers to the Provincial Office to intervene in the shortage of Maize and Mealie Meal on the Copperbelt.

He explained that Copperbelt relies on other provinces to supply them with maize and the deplorable state of the peddicle road has hampered the delivery of the commodity thereby creating shortages in the province.

Mr. Mwakalombeexplained that his office undertook a survey to determine the extent of the shortage of maize in the province before the decision was arrived at.

He said a Committee has been constituted to work closely with security wings in ensuring that the mealie meal produced is not exported to Congo.


  1. The solution is to fix the Pedicle road. Although it’s a good gesture to release the maize before people start rioting because of hunger.

    • Corruption…
      If not for sale of ZAFFICO, that maize would not have been sold.
      Now people can not go to riots, it’s time to cut more mukula to China through ZAFFICO.

    • So you are going to give our maize to these greedy Greek millers who only know how to exploit, to reap where they never sowed. They are the ones largely responsible for the crisis of low maize production because they influenced the govt into setting a low floor price both last year and this year and yet they increased their prices for mealie meal, this low maize price discouraged many from farming maize leading to low production. We will see if these evil millers will even reduce the price of their ubunga after getting cheap maize from FRA, it will never happen they are parasites that have been killing this economy for decades. Chinese investors are 100 times better than these Greek crooks.

  2. Seriously?????? What do the CEO’s of these companies do, is there any strategy to these directives, it’s so painful to be led by people who are clueless. 20 years down the line another president will be giving the same directives.FRA is still owing transporters money from years ago, wake up mwebena Zambia

  3. I thought that The President has stopped “directing” after I strongly advised him. I still think that he has abandoned the primitive way of governing. But then this was a quote free from that Mwakalombe thing

  4. Under PF our country is never prepared for anything. Pf upnd cadre your President is very primitive And visionless no wonder now we are being forced to embrace the Chinese because all the showing off about infrastructural development has come at the expense of Chinese money now we risk losing our sovereignty and resources

  5. Maize is being released to killers who are funding elections, led by reborn Mathani. His milling company is the biggest beneficiary.

  6. Once again government is messing around in the maize market forcing the price of maize right down for farmers. These millers should be buying maize from traders or farmers and paying a higher price. Why are millers treated with kid gloves but farmers are told go find your own market. Why are millers not told find their own maize? Every time millers squeal about the price or supply government jumps up and starts handing out subsidised very cheap maize at below market price and more especially below the cost of production for the farmer. First FRA offered a low price, second they banned maize exports and third they offload cheap maize into the market…all these three work against the farmer to make sure he gets a very low price for his maize. This is very unfair on Zambian farmers.

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