Grain millers have engaged packaging companies over the maize meal price stability structure ahead of a resolution to be finalised this Friday.

The talks come in the wake of high prices of packaging material, which have become a burden to millers and subsequently the already burdened consumer.

Addressing a media briefing after a closed door meeting with packaging companies, Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) Chairperson, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara called on packaging companies to prioritise packaging of maize meal as it is an essential commodity.

“Manufacturers are getting a 20% forex allocation from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), which they should prioritise towards packaging materials for maize meal, rice, flour and salt,” he said.

The Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Cde Vangelis Haritatos stated the importance of dialogue as a key business tenet.

“The government is taking an approach of engagement and not bulldozing, government has no intention of setting price controls,” he said.

A snap survey conducted by the ZBC News shows that most retail outlets in the central business district have increased the price of maize meal by an average of 28% with a 10kg pack now costing $7 up from $5.