Consumers in Chipata, Eastern province, have expressed concern that the increase in mealie meal prices will affect them negatively as mealie meal was a basic need for most households.
Saliya Banda said prices for any maize products in the country should be kept low, adding that this is because maize was a staple food and should be accessed by all Zambians.
Ms Banda said with the increase in the cost of living many people find it hard to afford three meals in a day but now the KR5 increment in the prices of mealie meal it would make the situation worse.
Yesterday Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Robert Sichinga in a UNIP style price controls announced a revision in the retail prices of mealie meal from KR50 to KR55 for a 25 kg bag of breakfast meal.
The increase also comes at a time when civil servant have received a minimal salary increment effective September, even when the collective agreement expired on the last day of February 2013.
Technically, the PF government imposed a wage freeze from February to September this year.
The new financial year begins in October of each year.
Early this year, the Watchdog revealed that the PF government had imposed a wage freeze.