East poised for 200 milling plants


ABOUT 200 solar-powered mini-milling plants under the Presidential initiative will be installed in Eastern Province this year.
Provincial permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said 50 milling plants will be installed by Chinese technicians starting this week.
Mr Kasolo said at a press briefing in Chipata on Tuesday that the price of mealie-meal will reduce once the milling plants become operational.
“People of Eastern Province will start to get the price of mealie-meal as low as K48 like what is happening in Kasama,” Mr Kasolo said.
Mealie-meal is currently selling at  between K70 and K100.
He said there would be no need to send maize to Lusaka and bring mealie-meal to the town because residents would now be buying the locally produced and cheaper product.
Mr Kasolo also said land for a commercial presidential milling plant to be run by Zambia National Service has been secured.
Mr Kasolo said once the two types of milling plants are operational, they will absorb the maize that Food Reserve Agency buys.
Mr Kasolo said plans have also been made to drill boreholes where the milling plants will be installed.
He said the boreholes will be using the solar energy produced by the panels for the milling plants
Mr Kasolo said the boreholes will be used to supply water to the people and also to fish ponds that will be constructed near the milling plants.
He said Government will not allow people to jeopardise Zambia’s food security.
And Mr Kasolo said Government has distributed about 6,000 metrics tonnes of relief maize to needy people in the province.
He said President Lungu directed him to ensure no-one starves because there are enough maize stocks in FRA shades in the province to last up to August.
He appealed to the media to help in availing information to his office about the places needing relief food.
Meanwhile, the Pensulo-Lusiwasi-Msoro-Chipata West 330kv transmission line project is scheduled for commissioning next month.
Mr Kasolo said the added supply of electricity would spur industrial growth.

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