ZAMBIAN MILLERS URGED TO ENSURE THEY HAVE ENOUGHT MAIZE TO PRODUCE MEALIE MEAL

LUSAKA, The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Julius Shawa, has urged Zambian millers to purchase enough maize stocks to sustain their production of affordable mealie meal, the country’s staple food.

Stressing that the millers should secure adequate stocks of maize to avoid shortages of mealie meal, he stressed here Tuesday that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) would not offload any maize stocks to millers and they should therefore buy the commodity in bulk.

Shawa also urged grain traders and other private maize buyers to actively participate in the buying of maize across the country. He said the FRA would only buy 500,000 tonnes of maize for the country’s strategic reserve.

He also appealed to the private sector to offer good prices to small-scale farmers for their maize.

Meanwhile, the Zambia Co-operatives Federation (ZCF) has urged farmers to start selling their maize as co-operatives and not individually. ZCF Director-General James Chirwa said this was the only way that farmers could enhance their bargaining power when selling their produce.

Millers Association of Zambia president Andrew Chintala said there was no need to intervene on the current price of maize.

Like in any other business, the law of demand and supply should be allowed to determine the price of maize on the market, he said.

He said it was the narture of business for prices of goods and services to be high and low, depending on the situation obtaining on the market.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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