When did millers become inadequate, Sichinga asked

Dear Editor,

Agriculture minister Bob Sichinga is wrong to attribute mealie-meal shortages in the country to millers’ inadequate capacity to meet the local demand!  If so, since when did the millers become inadequate? Is it 20 years ago or a year ago when mealie-meal shortage hit the country?

There are more milling firms since the economy’s liberalization 20 years ago to meet the local demand and even export the surplus. Why should there be shortages now and not then?

I think the root causes are frequent power outages, slow release of maize to the millers by FRA, smuggling and government mishandling of the agriculture sector.

Government needs a comprehensive study of the problem if they have to find a lasting problem than mere speculations.

JM

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