GOVERNMENT has stabilised the price of mealie-meal to K136 following the recent intervention. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya said the cost of mealie-meal is expected to get lower when the new crop hits the market in April and May. “The mealie-meal price has hit over a K100 mark and for many years it has never gone over K100.
We hope that now Government has intervened and stabilised the price of mealiemeal to K136, consumers can afford to buy mealie-meal,” she said. She was speaking when she toured Chimwemwe Radio Station in Ndola yesterday. Ms Siliya said Government is also aware of some milling companies that are still selling mealie-meal at K180 and K200 and that measures were being put in place by the Ministry of Agriculture to address price distortions on the market. On smuggling of mealie-meal on the Copperbelt, Ms Siliya said there was also need to relook at the whole issue of food production in Zambia at personal and business levels and see the opportunity to export and not to smuggle the commodity.
She said Government is supporting one million farmers with seed and fertiliser to increase production of cash crops like cassava, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, bananas and maize, among others so that they can increase food production. “We need to create a regulatory framework where there are formal exports to make money for exporters and for the country,” she said