Decision not to dictate maize price cheers consumer advocacy group

The consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) has welcomed government’s decision to leave maize prices to market forces. The group also asked for a policy instrument in the form of a price band to avoid market distortions when government went beyond buying strategic grain reserves. “The decision…

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Private maize buyers besiege smallholder producers in Zambia

Private buyers have invaded rural districts and are buying maize from desperate smallholder farmers for as low as K50 per 50kg bag. The so-called “briefcase” buyers want to cash in before government sets the floor price for the crop whose marketing season opens in a fortnight. “Farmers are desperate and…

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