The Millers Association of Zambia MAZ has received the directive by government not to hike mealie-meal prices with mixed feelings.
Speaking to Breeze News, MAZ President Allan Sakala says that whilst the association welcomes the decision made by the cabinet, there are still some issues that they need to raise with the Agricultural Minister, Given Lubinda.
Mr. Sakala observed that it is vital for government to be abreast with the challenges the millers are facing.
Earlier, the Association had indicated that mealie –meal prices would be hiked up to at least 80 Kwacha for a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast, owing to high production costs.
However, on Tuesday, Chief Government spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili stated that cabinet had resolved that millers should not hike mealie – meal prices as they are not affected by the weakened Kwacha.
Mr. Kambwili charged that the price hikes were unjustifiable as the millers were still relying on stock from the previous farming season, adding that the fuel prices have also remained the same.