Zambia National Farmers’ Union & Lusaka City Council

Zambian organisations are working on onion pricing model

After a meeting, held between the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) and Lusaka City Council (LCC), that was intended to aid people weather the storm between onion farmers and traders that was brewing at Soweto market, the ZNFU and LLC told onion farmers and traders that the price for onions will be determined according to supply and demand or market forces hence farmers and traders will negotiate prices.

ZNFU president Jervis Zimba stated that among the solutions the two bodies came up with in addressing the matter were that anyone selling more than 50 pouches of onion will be deemed a wholesaler and that that retailers and agents, selling on behalf of the farmers will need to register with the Council and pay a levy.

“That pricing for onion will be determined according to supply and demand or market forces hence farmers and traders will negotiate prices. Meaning that farmers will wholesale to the traders. That anyone selling more than 50 pouches of onion will be deemed a wholesaler. That Retailers and Agents, selling on behalf of the farmers will need to register with the Council and pay a levy, and will be given an official certification to keep trading at the market. That the Lusaka City Council working in Collaboration with ZNFU will develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the end of July,” Zimba stated.

He added that the compliance to phytosanitary standards will also need to be worked on in order to deter uncertified crop from unknown sources from finding its way on the market and to prevent the country from being exposed to the risk of importing crop diseases.

Source: zambiareports.com


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