The government and stakeholders, according to the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ), should reinforce the value addition policy to increase exports of completed goods.
MAZ According to President ANDREW CHINTALA, exporting maize rather than value-added goods results in the exportation of jobs and lowers the nation’s ability to generate income.
By choosing to sell maize rather than mealie meal and other products, Mr. CHINTALA claims that Zambia has previously missed out on opportunities to export value-added goods to the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, and Sudan.
Speaking on ZNBC’s The Update Programme today, Mr. CHINTALA stated that his organisation would advocate for the establishment of new mealie meal facilities in rural areas of the nation rather than overpopulated areas like Lusaka this year.
Meanwhile, Mr. CHINTALA stated that the government’s initiatives will help to stabilize the market price of mealie meal.
Reuben MTOLO, the minister of agriculture, revealed yesterday that the Food Reserve Agency will now sell maize to millers rather than dealers.