Government says doesn’t know why millers increased food prices

The PF government has summoned millers to justify why they have gone ahead to increase the price of mealie-meal.
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda told one of the government controlled newspapers that that although Government would not dictate the price of mealie-meal, millers should justify why they have gone ahead to increase the price of the commodity before discussing the proposal.
In short, the meeting will serve no purpose. He just wants to listen then will take no action.
“I have summoned millers to my office and we are having a meeting tomorrow [today] so that they can explain why they have gone ahead to increase the price of mealie-meal.
“We have indicated that Government will not dictate the price of mealie-meal because it is running a liberal economy, but we want the millers to explain why they have increased the price of the commodity before giving satisfactory reasons,” Mr Lubinda said. So what is the real purpose of this meeting?
Millers have actually already explained that the production costs have gone up because of loadshedding, expensive fuel, worthless Kwacha etc.
But Lubinda said Government is not satisfied with the reasons that the millers have given to increase the price of mealie-meal because they are not genuine.
Meanwhile, Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) president Allan Sakala said millers would only issue a comprehensive statement after meeting Government today.
And a Zambia Daily Mail survey conducted yesterday revealed that the price of mealie-meal has been increased by between K10 and K15 per 25-kilogramme bag of breakfast meal.
A check at Lusaka’s Chilulu market revealed that a 25kg breakfast meal of Simba and Star Milling is pegged at K85 while a bag of roller meal costs K65.
At Shoprite in Lusaka’s Chilenje township, a 25kg bag of National Milling breakfast meal is K72 while at Pick ‘n’ Pay in Woodlands, a 25 kg bag of Star breakfast meal is pegged at K79.
At Melisa Supermarket in Kabulonga a 25 kilogramme bag of Pembe breakfast mealie-meal was fetching K80 while Superior milling was pegged at K75.

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