KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has called on the Zambia Co-operatives Federation (ZCF) to train beneficiaries of the presidential milling initiative to ensure that they add value to maize and realise the worth of the solar milling plant project.
And government has called on citizens to buy mealie-meal from solar milling plants as a way of empowering co-operatives.
Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe said this when he commissioned Chinkuli Multi-purpose Co-operative solar milling plant project in Chongwe yesterday.
“It is very important that they train co-operatives on how best they can utilise the efficiency of solar milling plants. They need knowledge for them to realise the benefits that these machines come with. As you can see what Chinkuli co-operative is doing, they are producing quality mealie-meal which is well packaged and selling it at a very cheap price of K50,” he said.
Mr Mwakalombe assured Chinkuli Multi-purpose Co-operative that he will ensure that their mealie-meal finds itself on the shelves of various retail shops in Lusaka and other parts of the country.
“We have some cooperatives that are not utilising the solar milling plants because they do not have the know-how,” he said.
He challenged critics of the presidential milling initiative to assess their benefits.
“What this co-operative is doing is very encouraging, you may wish to know that when these solar milling plants were introduced by the President, there was a lot of criticism by some sections of society that they were not worth it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chinkuli Multi-purpose Co-operative chairman Peter Miti thanked President Lungu for coming up with a brilliant initiative of solar milling plants.