Mealie-meal prices to increase in January

THE Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) says mealie-meal price is anticipated to increase by at least 10 percent by January 2014.

A MSU AFRE food security international newsletter says:

“Mealie-meal price is likely to increase by at least 10 percent by January 2014, and the poor are likely to be the worst affected by the price rise and this is likely to reduce mealie-meal consumption,” IAPRI said.

It says among the policies to be realised are the need to implement strategies that will significantly increase mealie-meal consumption among the people, such as social cash transfers for the poor, work for food programmes and employment programmes.

Currently, about 60 percent of the urban population does not have sufficient access to mealie-meal.

IAPRI notes that Government needs to estimate the effects of food price changes on different sub-populations.

The institute says Government should not use ‘the one price fits all’ as this strategy may disrupt the market, and may fail to have the desired effects on prices.

“Reliance on one size fits all approaches may be the result of insufficient information about future market prices and their effects on different sub-populations,” IAPRI said.

IAPRI, however, says unanticipated food price rises can have negative political and economic consequences.

Currently a 25 kilogramme bag of mealie-meal is fetching between K60 and K65 in some parts of Lusaka and K90 in some parts of the country.

When the PF took over power, a meallie meal bag was going for K35, 000 or k35 rebased

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    honorable 4 years

    the goodness now is pipo hve known the PF the popularte is no longer there so in bemba they say ubufi bulabwela i dont know how they will lie to the pipo once again

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    Muntu Na Muntu 4 years

    No one wins and no one loses an election. I have never walked in a shop which has different prices for PF cadres or UPND neither MMD cadres. All of us buy these items at the same price. So if that is what people want, then fine. It is democracy. That is its cost. The only thing is that let not those who have been in GOVT for years condemn anybody.

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    @Samson u r ALWAYS confused with your COMPERATIVE ATITUDE. This Govt has just totally failed. full stop.

    matuvi yako. We r than those SMALL COUNTRIES U R TRYING TO COMPARE US WITH. We ve everything its takes to b among the Top 10 of African nations.

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    Team HH 2016 4 years

    If only you had listerned you fools we were still going to be buying mealie meal at K35. Don’t blame people of Mansa if they vote for pama fi. You campaigned too much for Pf you learned people of the big cities. Its this reason that people are suffering because of your stupidity. We told you not to trust pama fi. You even went to create cartoons and images disrepecting RB and making Sata look like a saint. Silly cows. Because of the love of Ukwa,you went to pour oil on the billboard which was next to Mwanawasa hopital. How cruel was that?

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    honorable 4 years

    when u over promise and u pretend to b straight when u are not thats what happens image sata saying meal meal is very expensive fuel is expensive corruptio n is rampant but compare them with mmd on governance farming rule of law human rights expenditure there the worse govt zambia has ever had

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    Mealie Meal prices in Zambia are the lowest. I have travelled to countries where a 25 kg can cost USD 50. Just imagine.

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      Samson u r ALWAYS confused with your COMPERATIVE ATITUDE. This Govt has just totally failed. full stop.

      matuvi yako. We r than those SMALL COUNTRIES U R TRYING TO COMPARE US WITH. We ve everything its takes to b among the Top 10 of African nations.

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      Native 4 years

      Samson’s most likely talking about countries like Congo DR. There their main occupation is; “kasuba bale lungisha nkoloko elyo bushiku balelisha bilimba”, so farming’s not for them. But then Samson is that the model we should adopt?

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    COONDE 4 years

    SATA IS A FAILURE! PF PARTY IS A FAILURE, AND ALL ITS SUPPORTERS ARE FAILURES!

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    Mulenga sata 4 years

    bafikala wake up in mmd we ware varry safe know you have brought a snake that will kill all of us before 2016 both with porvaty and pangas so I warn you people of mansa to vote responsibly

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    each time we vote for a president from northern/luapula hunger has been our frequent visitor.maybe its because there is no agriculture in these provinces but only ba tubulu.

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    Advocate 4 years

    All those from Luapula have never in their lives independently made a decisions in there native languages .They depend on what a Bemba speaking mongrel barks to them.

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    Bad influence 4 years

    Cost of voting unwisely,paya farmer

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    People of mansa do you still trust the pf ?Why dont you vote for an opposition candidete in tomorrow’s by election.

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    Cheers 4 years

    Thsz a govt of failures so shameful Zambians y r we suffering like this as if God didnt give us a land of plenty? Who can redeem us from these heartless morons!

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    if the price of mealie meal is hyecked i dont know how Zambian people will enjoy voting pf into power. It means now that pf and its leader mr michael raped our long tested intelligence for something we wouldnt expect to happen soon. Because when i remember a 1997 hunger in Mbala where people used people to exchange a cattle with one bag of maize, it is a shame that the same povert with no governmental husle to hound

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    Kay 4 years

    and these fools are still voting PF?

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      Simangulungwa 4 years

      which fools?

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        Only a virgin can convince me to go for MC 4 years

        Take a guess