Hakainde Hichilema Writes
Mealie meal prices have gone high again.. As of today , this is the situation around supermarkets in Lusaka. Only God knows what the situation is in Zambezi, Muyombe, Tendere Muchinga Province , Lundazi etc .
We need urgent measures to address the escalating prices of mealie meal, cooking oil and other essential commodities.
The current prices are way out of hand and completely unaffordable by the majority of our citizens, especially with the current high rate of unemployment in the country.
Blaming adverse weather conditions is merely a convenient way of avoiding the problem. There are countries that are deserts, but their citizens are far much better in terms of living conditions because they rightly invested in correct projects.
For example, we have been talking about creating more water harvesting mechanisms such as dams, canals, boreholes, etc to make farming an all year round activity, than waiting for rains.
Farming and related activities from crops to livestock can employ a lot of our citizens directly and indirectly through value addition industries, while ensuring there is available and affordable food in the country.
These are the kind of investments we should promote as they touch a great majority of our people.
Our target with our agriculture policies is to make sure a 25kg bag of mealie meal is kept at K50 or below. This is about survival of our people.