9 January 2013

Zambia: Millers Slash Meal Prices

Millers have now reduced the prices of Mealie-meal following a meeting with President Sata a day ago in Lusaka.

VARIOUS millers countrywide have started reducing mealie-meal prices in line with the directive by President Michael Sata who met millers at State House on Monday.

In Livingstone, major retail outlets yesterday ran out of breakfast meal after residents bought the commodity in bulk following the reduction in prices.

Shoprite town centre and Shoprite Mosi-Oa-Tunya Square did not have breakfast meal by midday yesterday but had few bags of roller meal.

Spar Livingstone only had six bags of breakfast meal and few roller meal bags by midday as residents continued buying the commodity in large quantities.

At National Milling Corporation (NMC), a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast, which previously fetched KR 59 ( K59, 000) was yesterday being sold at KR50 (K50,000).

At Livingstone Spar, a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast was being sold at KR 50 (K50, 000).

In Kitwe, some retailers have reduced the price of a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast mealie-meal from KR58 to KR50.

Olympic Milling has pegged the price of 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast at KR50 from KR51 while a bag of roller meal was selling at KR38 from KR51.

At NMC, a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast was selling at KR50 while roller meal has been reduced to KR38 from KR53.

In Lusaka retailers had reduced the prices of mealie-meal from KR52 to KR50 for a 25 kilogramme bag of mealie-meal.

A check at the NMC depot at Kabwata market yesterday revealed a reduction of KR2.

Shoprite Checkers at Manda Hill shopping mall was selling the commodity at between KR50 to KR 54 for a 25 kilogramme bag of breakfast mealie meal while that of roller meal was selling at KR39.98.

In Ndola, most outlets are selling breakfast mealie-meal at between KR50 and KR 56 while a 25 kilogramme bag of roller meal is going for KR 39.

At the SPAR supermarket town centre outlet, the commodity was selling at KR 50 for Antelope breakfast, while at Cairo shopping complex in Masala, a 25 kilogramme bag of Chimanga Changa breakfast was priced at KR 55.

However, in Kasama a survey yesterday revealed that mealie-meal prices remained high in major retail outlets.

Shoprite was selling breakfast meal at K60, PJT Supermarket K65 and National Milling K61.

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