The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says government’s removal of subsidy on maize will have adverse effects on maize, farmers, the cost of production and mealie meal prices.
ZNFU president, Jervis Zimba says the union has already started receiving concerns by farmers expressing mixed feelings regarding the matter.
Mr Zimba said some farmers have also conveyed displeasure on speculation that government will soon remove support on farming inputs such as maize and fertilizer which will disadvantage the farmers.
He further said the ZNFU will issue a comprehensive statement outlining the views of farmers regarding the recent development in the agricultural sector.
Yesterday, government announced the removal of subsidies on maize posing a possible hike on mealie meal prices and the cost of living.
This comes barely a week after government removed subsidies from fuel and other petroleum products.