President Lungu has directed Millers to reduce mealie meal prices
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed all the Millers that bought maize from the Food Reserve Agency-FRA to reduce their mealie meal prices to reflect the cost of maize obtained.
President Lungu says he was concerned about the price of staple food, maize meal which has increased over the past few weeks in most parts of the country.
The President said this when he officially opened the 2019 Zambia National Farmers Union National Field Day in Mansa District Luapula province.
He says the increase of mealie meal prices had mostly been driven by speculation on the expected production.
He added that the Millers cannot continue relying on the food reserve agency for their operations but they needed to invest in storage facilities and purchase of the grain from farmer.C
Mr. Lungu also mentioned that the negative impact of the harsh climatic conditions which had beset the Agriculture sector should keep the nation on toes to pursue lasting and sustainable solutions to cushion the impact of this phenomenon and enable the nation to continue producing food.
Speaking at the same event earlier, Zambia National Farmers Union-ZNFU president Javis Zimba appealed to President Lungu to ensure that the Food Reserve Agency prepare funds on time for the farmers who supply maize to the agency this year to avoid delay of payments.
Mr Zimba also appealed to the Head of State to set up a committee with line ministries for youths coming from colleagues and universities who can be integrated into farming by providing land for them.C
Meanwhile Mansa District Farmers Association chairperson George Mwila described the distribution of the 2017/2018 farming inputs as a disaster.