NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Chinsali
GOVERNMENT has installed 20 solar-powered milling plants in Chinsali district in Muchinga Province out of the 28 allocated to the district.
Government has embarked on a robust programme to install 2,000 units of solar-powered milling plants countrywide to cushion the prices of mealie-meal on the market.
Chinsali district commissioner Maximo Chitambi said in an interview the 20 milling plants have been successfully installed and will soon be ready for testing.
“As a district, we were allocated 28 solar milling plants and 20 have been so far been installed. We will be going round with the contactor, who was installing them to test them and see how they are working,” Mr Chitambi said.
He said the milling plants will create a ready market for the farmers for their maize grain that they produce.
Mr Chitambi said with the milling plants now installed, the people of Muchinga Province will no longer have to travel long distances to neighbouring towns to buy mealie-meal.
He said the milling plants will also create job for the local people that will be employed to operate them.
Mr Chitambo said Chinsali is developing at a fast rate due to the developmental projects that Government is implementing to improve the lives of the people in the area.
He said the people of Chinsali have pledged to work with the government to foster development in the area.