THE continued escalation of prices for flour products like bread in the country has prompted Government to react and reiterate its commitment to curb the trend.
Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Christopher Yaluma disclosed that government is putting in place measures that will enable every citizen to have an affordable cost of living.
The Minister explained to Zanis that the rise in prices of wheat flour is carefully being mitigated by government and its cooperating partners.
He said government is engaging the Zambia Millers Association so that the costs of the imported wheat is not passed on to consumers.
“We are aware that currently wheat is being imported until we harvest our own in October this year but we are engaging the Millers Association of Zambia on a weekly basis to ensure that we strike a balance between doing business and the affordable prices of the wheat products,” he said.
Mr Yaluma explained that wheat flour is an important nutrient ingredient in the food value chain and as such government will cushion any further price hikes.
The importation of wheat is necessitated by the 250 000 tons deficit in the last farming season.
Currently, Wheat National consumption stands at 540 000 tons but the country in the last season harvested less than 300 000 tons.