Millers cry out over rising prices of maize


Local millers have complained of the high prices of maize in the market which have affected their business operations.

Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) Chairperson, Andrew Chintala, in an interview on Monday with Zambia Monitor complained that his members were currently grappling with an ever-increasing prices of maize in the market.

According to Chintala, the millers were currently buying a 50 kilogramme of maize for between K7,200 to K7,800.

“Millers are failing to meet their 60 percent sale target due to the lack of demand for the commercially produced mealie meal,” Chintala said.

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He also noted that there was no crisis in Zambia in terms of mealie meal as it was readily available on the market.

“I would like to mention that we do not have a crisis in the country in terms of the commodity, the commodity is there.

“The challenge we have is not really the shortage of the commodity, it is the high cost of the raw material which is maize in this case so that is the problem,” Chintala emphasised.

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