Mumbwa to receive 18 solar milling plants

ABOUT 18 solar milling plants under the Presidential Milling Initiative (PMI) will soon be mounted in Mumbwa district, says area district commissioner Felix Ndopu.

Mr Ndopu said in an interview with the Daily Nation that his office had already worked on the slab for the plants and was only waiting for a consignment from China which was expected to be in Zambia soon.

“We have been allocated 18 solar milling plants and currently we are constructing slabs as we await the plants,” he said.

The 18 solar milling plants are part of the 2, 000 small capacity milling plants that the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) and the Zambia National Service had been appointed to roll out countrywide by Government.

Recently, ZCF president Michael Chiinganya announced that over 160 solar milling plants under the PMI had been installed across Zambia.

Mr Chiinganya said some of the provinces where the milling plants had been installed included Lusaka, Kasama, Luwingu, Chipata, Lundazi, Kafue, Choma and Chibombo districts.

The setting up of solar-powered milling plants was meant to bring down the price of mealie-meal.

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) would be feeding the milling plants with maize bought from farmers.

Small-scale farmers were, however, allowed to have their maize milled at the plants to help cushion the price of mealie-meal.