Issues of subsidies having been removed may definitely be costly for the PF government because this borders on the daily wellbeing of the average and the poor people, who are the majority.
As much as we know that government has great economist within and without, but looks like a wider consultation was done, because they have been in such a hurry to remove the subsidies.
We may be laymen in issues of national economics but we clear understanding of what is happening on the world market and specifically on this issue at hand in relation to some nations such as USA, CHINA, EUROPE as continent and Haiti as one of the poorest nations in the world.
Haiti used to grow enough rice as a staple for its people with the support of subsidies at hand from government. When its government removed the subsidies with the advice from the western world, Haiti now imports 60% of its food to try and feed its people and the USA imported rice is far cheaper than the local grown rice.
Market controllers tell us that products that are not subsidized by the countries of origin find it hard to compete on the world market because of their heavy prices.
Europe alone spends on average of USD360 Billion on Agriculture subsidies just protect its agriculture and market.
Poverty is lowered when government makes it a must policy to subsidize strategic economical strongholds of the nation like what China has done.
We are well aware that USA subsidizes its Agriculture by USD20 Billion every year and 10 to 52Billion dollar goes into fuel subsidies.
If the PF government does need the people of Zambia have confidence in their economical build up then they must the people’s cry before a worse situation is invited into our country politically.
In 2009 China surpassed Germany to become the largest exporter of technological advanced products, In 2010 China overtook Japan to become second largest manufacturer and its foreign exchange became the largest in the world, And last year China overtook USA to become the largest trading nation in the world.
ALL THIS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY CHINA DUE TO ITS PRO POOR ECONOMICAL POLICIES IN IMPLEMENTING SUBSIDIES WHICH STRENGTHEN THEIR LOCAL INDUSTRIES, AGRICULTURE AND OTHER STRATEGIC ECONOMICAL SECTORS OF ITS NATION.
We believe that, with the demand of maize in the region that Zambia produces, LET GOVERNMENT STRENGTHEN THE FARMERS BY RESTORING THE SUBSIDIES ON AGRICULTURE AND FUEL, AND MAKING IT MORE LEVELED FOR THE FARMERS AND OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT ARE IN MANUFACTURING.
BY: SIMON CHIHANA
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
IFCC – PRESIDENT.