Mealie meal prices vary in Townships

25Kg bags of Mealie meal

25Kg bags of Mealie meal

The price of mealie mael in Lusaka the Zambian Capital still has variances from one township to the other.
A check by the Zambian Eye in some townships found the price of the commodity at prices between KR50 and KR 58.
In Garden House area just about 10 kilometers west of the Lusaka City Center, a 25 Kg Bag of breakfast mealie meal is selling at KR 56 while in Sekelela further west the commodity is selling at KR58.
In Matero Township just 6 Kilometers North West of the City Center the commodity is selling at KR 52 while in the City Center it is selling at KR 50.
Mealie meal retailers have attributed the variance in the prices of the commodity to high transportation costs from the plant were they buy the mealie meal from to their trading areas.
Richard Daka, a retailer from Garden House said transportation costs were the reason why the price of mealie meal in the area seemed higher but there was nothing the retailer could do about it but to recover the money through the consumers by increasing the price.
He said transporters were also to blame because they charged too much for transport adding that for example transporters from Milling Company to Garden house charged KR 6 for each 25 Kg bag of Mealie meal.
A few weeks ago Republican President Michael Sata instructed millers to Mealie Meal at a price not exceeding KR 50.