The Zambia Cooperative Federation has completed the installation of all the Presidential Solar Milling plants countrywide.
ZCF Director General James Chirwa says the installation of the 1-thousand 6-hundred and 83 solar milling plants is a launch pad for rural industrialisation and economic growth.
ZANIS reports that of the installed plants, 30 are for rice processing while the rest are for maize.
Mr. Chirwa says ZCF is working on the challenge of few non-operational mills in the country at a supersonic speed.
He says people in rural areas are benefiting from the plants through maize grinding and will soon have their houses connected to power from the panels.
Mr. Chirwa says ZCF is working with the Rural Electrification Authority -REA- to connect 50 houses in Chongwe to electricity from the solar panels of the milling plants.
And a team from ZCF team has inspected selected solar milling plants in Rufunsa district.
Director of Projects Derrick Sokoni explained that of the 11 Solar Milling plants dotted around Rufunsa district, only two are temporarily not operating, a thing which is being addressed.
And beneficiaries of the solar milling plants in Rufunsa district have confirmed grinding their maize at an affordable price.
Fackson Phiri and Catherine Phiri both praised President Edgar Lungu for the initiative which enables them to have quality mealie meal at a low price.
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