The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says it is saddened by the reintroduction of price controls of maize by Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo.
And the Farmers body has described Mr Katambo as the Minster of Millers.
The Union says it would like to disassociate itself from such acts as it has always believed in a free market environment.
“As such, the ZNFU would like to disassociate itself too from being party to the consultation process of the reintroduction of price controls of maize,” ZNFU President Jervis Zimba said.
“We are aware that the Minister met with Stockfeed Producers, Millers and Traders who were threatened or coerced to impose the price of K130 per 50kg bag of maize with the full support of the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), which was the basis of price controls.”
“In this vain, the Union has called for an urgent meeting of farmers this week to chart the way forward on the reintroduction of maize price controls by Government, and the nation shall be informed of the outcome of the meeting.”