JCTR urges holistic approach in tackling mealie-meal prices

THE government should consider the interests of all stakeholders such as farmers and retailers in addressing the high cost of mealie-meal prices, says JCTR social conditions programme manager Daniel Mutale.

And the cost of living as measured by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR)’s Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for the month of March 2013 for an average family of five living in Lusaka has reduced by KR29.26 due to reduction in the cost of kapenta and other food items.

Releasing the basic needs basket yesterday in Lusaka, Mutale advised the government to take a holistic approach in tackling the escalating mealie-meal prices because earlier interventions had not been effective.

From August 2012, instability in the price of mealie-meal across the country has been a cause for concern.