Mealie meal shortage spreads

Mealie meal shortages spreads as prices soar. Many more districts in the country are facing critical mealie meal shortages.
And the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has expressed shock that a bag of 25kg mealie meal in Zambezi district is pegged at K120, 000, while a 10kg is pegged at K38, 000.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, CSPR chairperson John Lijimu accused government of failing to take adequate measures to address the situation.
He said the persistent shortage of the commodity after the country recorded three consecutive bumper harvests was unacceptable.
Mr Lijimu challenged government to come out in open and explain to the people of Zambia the persistent shortage of the commodity in the country.
“It is sad that up to now there is still a shortage of mealie meal in many parts of the country. We want to know where the problem is because the country recorded bumper harvest for three times, and it is not reasonable to have such a crisis now. The solution people are looking for is an answer to what happened to the bumper maize harvest that was recorded in the country,” he said.
He claimed that the former Agriculture Minister had failed to address the situation and expected the newly appointed Minister Bob Sichinga to change the current situation.
“We can keep pretending that there is no shortage of mealie meal when we have continued to see long queues. Statements alone will not find any solution, and we want government to take action now. If money to hold by elections can be easily provided, what about the welfare of the people who elect them in those offices,” he said.
Mealie meal shortages started in the Copperbelt but spread to the other parts of the country and the price has continued to go up.
He wondered why Zambia was experiencing such a crisis when the country had enough maize stock that was as a result of the bumper harvest that was recorded.
“The country had recorded enough maize to see the country to the next marketing season, but regrettably, we don’t know what has happened to the maize in stock, and that was putting the whole country at risk of starvation,” he said.
Currently, there is a shortage of mealie meal in Chipata and Copperbelt Province among other areas, a situation that has forced residents to queue for the commodity, as early as 04:00 hours.

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2 Responses to “Mealie meal shortage spreads”

  1. MUNSHA says:

    DONCI KUBEBA IN OPERATION WAKE UP ZAMBIANS RALLY BEHIND PEOPLE WHO HAVE A VISION FOR ZAMBIA NOT DICTATORS WHO ARE ALWAYS BLAMING OTHERS FOR THEIR FAILRE TO RUN THE COUNTRY PROPERLY.

  2. mukupakatandula says:

    The shortage of mealie meal in some parts of the country has been due to lack of miller confidence to produce to the maximum. in a free market economy where demand determines the selling price, to order the millers and retailers to sell at government prices dampens the production morale of millers. why should the government determine the price of mealie meal? Let millers peg their own prices and when they feel that they will get a good return on their investment, they will then produce more; there-by flooding the market with the commodity. I berg to differ with the Minister of agriculture that the shortage is due to inadequate number of millers in some provinces.the same millers have produced enough in the past when they enjoyed less interference from government. Please PF guys do this right and have clear policy direction on ensuring food security in the country. More suggestion on the matter to follow. please hear us Mr President.

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