Shops Run Out Of Mealie-Meal As Prices Go Up

Bulawayo shops are reportedly running out of mealie-meal at a time when prices of the commodity have also gone up.

A short survey that was conducted by the Chronicle suggested that most of the major shops including TM Pick n Pay, Choppies and Food 4 less along Herbert Chitepo Steet and OK Zimbabwe Jason Moyo branch had run out of mealie-meal.

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Meanwhile, those shops which still had the commodity had already increased its price, a move viewed as a direct response to the increase in the price of maize.

The Chronicle reports that Greens Supermarket, a 10kg bag of roller meal was being sold at between $43,70 and $48 depending on the brand. The prices were ranging from $25 to $30 for the same barely a week ago. 

Consumers who suspected that retailers were hoarding the commodity told The Chronicle that the shortage started last week.

The development comes after the government last week increased the prices of maize and wheat, in that order, by 86% and 38%.

More: The Chronicle 

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