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Zambia

10/07/2019

Prices of maize grain declined seasonally, while meal products hit new peaks

Prices of maize grain declined seasonally in June for the second consecutive month but were still nearly 50 percent higher on a yearly basis. By contrast, prices of maize meal products continued to rise and reached record highs in June. The high prices mostly reflect the impact of adverse dry conditions on the 2019 maize crop, with the national harvest estimated to have shrunk by 16 percent in 2019, marking a second consecutive annual production decline and putting this year’s output at about 1 million tonnes below the five-year average. In addition, the depreciation of the country’s currency has driven up production and transportation costs, exerting further upward pressure on prices, particularly processed food products such as maize meal. Increased production costs and higher market prices of maize prompted the Government to increase the maize purchasing prices in early July (FPMA Food Policies).

Region: Southern Africa