TRADERS have continued to sell mealie meal at a high price despite warnings from the Government that it will stop selling maize to millers who supply mealie meal to exploitative businessmen.
A check by the Daily Nation at Spar Down Town, Matero Shoprite and Matero market revealed that a 25kg bag of breakfast mealie meal was now selling at between K78.00 and K80.00 respectively.
Government has said traders were only allowed to add a K5 on top of the K70 per bag of breakfast and K55 per bag of roller meal at the wholesale price.
Meanwhile, in Matero a 25 kg bag of mealie-meal was selling at K85. Margaret Chilufya said traders were not happy to increase prices as some consumers would not afford to buy the staple food.
Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Julius Shawa said Government was aware of cartels among mealie meal traders who were exploiting consumers by overpricing mealie meal.
Mr. Shawa said Government advised millers to open more depots near consumers as a way protecting consumers from being exploited.
“One way is to open more outlets while others are saying it is expensive because traders are the ones exploiting consumers,” he said.
He however said while other millers had opened depots in many parts of the country, the method had proved to be expensive for others.