Tin of maize selling at K30, 000 in Kabompo
Government heads of departments in Kabompo have appealed to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to offload maize on the market to cushion the escalating food prices in the district.
The heads of departments made the appeal during a meeting convened by District Commissioner, Crispin Likando.
Mr Likando informed the meeting that about 20,000 x 50 kg bags of white maize have been set aside for relief food, food for work and for offloading on the market.
However, the heads of departments demanded that the FRA should immediately offload the maize on the market to cushion rising prices of the staple food.
They complained that the district has experienced a rise in the prices of maize and cassava following the district running out of mealie meal last month.
They said the low income households are finding it difficult to afford maize and cassava prices as the traders have taken advantage of the shortage of the staple commodity on the local market.
A check by ZANIS at the market revealed that prices of a five litre tin of maize had gone up from K15,000 to K30,000 while cassava chips sold from the same container had risen from K9,000 to K20,000.