8 February 2013

Zambia: 'Shop Around Before You By Bread'

MILLERS Association of Zambia (MAZ) chairperson Allan Sakala has urged consumers to shun buying bread, flour and other related products from traders who have not reduced the prices following Government's decision to remove Value Added Tax (VAT) on flour and wheat products.

Responding to a press query , Mr Banda said it was important for traders to reduce prices because the Government zero-rated wheat products by removing the 16 per cent VAT.

"As MAZ our advice to consumers is that, they should look around before buying bread and flour products and see to it that they buy from traders who have reduced the prices of bread following the zero rating of wheat products," he said.

Mr Banda said millers have reduced the prices of wheat and were now expecting all those involved in selling flour and other wheat products throughout the country to follow suit in order to pass on the benefits to consumers.

Bakery owners and traders, and chain store operators on the Copperbelt and parts of country have not reduced the prices of bread and wheat products despite the millers reducing the prices of flour.

One of the traders Armed Husuf observed that most bakery owners have not reduced the prices of flour because they still have old stocks.

But some consumers accused the bakery owners and traders of profiteering at the expense of consumers.

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