Zambia: Govt Explains Mealie-Meal Shortage

VICE-President Guy Scott has assured that the mealie meal shortage on the Copperbelt and other parts of the country will be resolved by next week.

Dr Scott explained that the shortage of mealie meal was partly because of a breakdown of a major component at Mpongwe Milling Company, a major supplier of the commodity on the Copperbelt.

The Vice-President said South Africa had stopped supplying the commodity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a situation which had caused high demand from that country in Zambia's Copperbelt Province.

He told Parliament yesterday that for the past seven days, Mpongwe Milling Company had experienced a technical fault which resulted in low supply of mealie meal on the Copperbelt.

"Mpongwe Milling has been down for the past seven days which has aggravated the situation because it is the largest milling and supplier of mealie meal on the Copperbelt, but by next week the situation will normalise," he said.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.