Government says the local production of Banja mealie-meal in Chipata has been put on halt.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo confirmed this to Breeze News.
Mr. Kasolo says the producers of Banja mealie-meal, Cargill Zambia Limited have indicated to him that there is an individual company that claims to be the owner of the Brand Banja.
He says this made the company to stop producing the mealie-meal as the issue is being discussed through their lawyers.
Officials from Cargill Zambia Limited could not comment on the matter by News time.
And a check by Breeze News in some shops in Chipata found the mealie-meal is out of stock.