The latest Basic Needs Basket analysis shows that the cost of living in Lusaka for a family of five shot from K4,883.57 in October to K4,924.54 in November, signalling a K4.97 increase, according to the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). In a statement released yesterday by spokesperson Tendai Posiana, JCTR demanded that government steps up efforts in diversifying the economy by addressing bottlenecks such as late delivery of farming inputs. “The November 2017 JCTR Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for a family of five living in Lusaka stood at K4,924.54 which was K40.97 more than the October BNB which stood at K 4,883.57. The increase in the BNB was attributed to increased costs in some food items which included; Mealie…...

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