Import of 150 000 tons of wheat in limbo

The import of 150 000 tons of wheat to avert a looming national shortage is hanging in the balance because of the 10% import duty, says Andrew Chintala, president of the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ). “The 10% duty on imported wheat is too high and must be waived because…

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Zambian millers propose K75/50kg floor price for maize

The Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) has proposed K75/50kg as the floor price for maize in this year’s marketing season. Government is still mute on the issue. MAZ president Andrew Chintatala said their proposal, which is K5 less than last year’s price, must pass on the benefit of the bumper…

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Experts say massive power hike negates bumper harvest benefits

An agricultural economist says it is unlikely that mealie-meal prices will drop as a result of the expected bumper harvest. The expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 75% increase in power tariffs negated any benefits consumers would have gotten. Zambia expects to harvest 3.6 million tons of…

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Oversupply and deflated maize prices loom in Zambia

The possibility of an oversupply of maize, as well as deflated prices, are looming just three months before the 2017 harvest starts. This prompted the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) to make a desperate plea to government to allow it to export a surplus of 23 000 tons of maize…

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