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Government to construct milling plants in all districts using subsidy savings

Economy Government to construct milling plants in all districts using subsidy savings

Government will soon embark on the construction of a milling plants and warehouses in all districts countrywide for the production of mealie meal and storage of maize respectively.

Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Rodgers Mwelwa told a stakeholders meeting in Chipata which was attended by businessmen, the clergy, Civil Society Organizations and Government Heads of Department that government will use the savings from the removal of subsidy on maize and fuel to do these projects.

Mr. Mwelwa said government has approached some Chinese contractors who are ready to start the programme as the contract is sealed.

The Deputy Minister said by constructing the milling plants in all the districts the price of staple food will stabilize and private millers will not exploit the citizens with exorbitant prices while warehouses will be used for safe storage of the crop.

He said the savings will also be used for research through sales to ascertain the amount of input such as fertilizer to be administered in different localities so as to enable farmers to grow more food.

“We want a framer to produce 40by 50Kilograms bags of maize from one Lima as opposed to 13 bags after the research,”Mr. Mwelwa said.

The Deputy Minister also said that the money will allow government to encourage farmers engage in out grower schemes through irrigation so that more than one crop is grown in a year.

Meanwhile government is expected to flag off the distribution of D compound fertilizer from Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia before the end of this week.

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    • PF keeps on shifting what projects will be done with monies realized from removal of subsidies.Originally,we were being told that they will use the money to build roads and other infrastructures.It has now shifted to milling plants in all districts of which currently stand at 115 districts.Ask GBM to tell you how much a milling plant costs.This PF BUFI should stop.

    • MY FRIEND DO YOU READ? I AM ASKING YOU BECAUSE THIS PROJECT WAS ANNOUNCED A LONG TIME AGO. I AM SO HAPPY MYSELF THAT THEY ARE NOW IMPLEMENTING IT AND THE CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN SOUGHT ALREADY. WAY TO GO PF. LET NOT PEOPLE BE EXPLOITED BY MILLERS.

  1. pf now you are talking. And please make sure that this programme of building milling plants across the country starts as soon as possible. And explain throughout the country the purpose of subsidy removal to avoid power hungry politicians from misleading the nation.

  2. hahahahahah… PF you are promise people alot of booza,,, but you are forgetting to promise yourselves some ubufi also

  3. Back to NATIONAL National Miling futi! Nabeve ma Deputy Ministers (DMs) bapakisa; that is why they no longer have anything sensible to say – vonse banavikamba kale, so hard to find something new. And I think, these DMs should also be numbered, so that we know which one is speaking, because at the moment, we can’t even remember who is who and who said what and in what capacity within the Ministry hierarchy. Confusing indeed!

  4. WHY RE-INVENT THE WHEEL. THERE IS A FREE ECONOMY IN THAT AREA BY MMD BASED ON KAUNDAS MISTAKES BY NATIONAL MILLING.

    • It is a good idea, we only need to work out the mode of operation. We can lease them out to private business entities.

  5. WHY RE-INVENT THE WHEEL. THERE IS A FREE ECONOMY IN THAT AREA BY MMD BASED ON KAUNDAS MISTAKES BY NATIONAL MILLING.
    FOR PF SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE AND LET HAVE OUR WINDFALL TAX

  6. mamama!!! This exercise is a rip off,some man somewhere has already taken commission from the chinese,my gooood. How many districts do we have? Is this goverment serious?
    trust me zambians you have been ripped of left right and centre

  7. Why are we going backwards to the days of parastatals; milling plants owned by Indeco were all over the rural areas and they all collapsed due to mismanagement. Leave business to the private sector

  8. PF go ahead and do it and shame the devil. Free market economy has never worked anywhere in the world. This in just one form of market intervention.

  9. I am not sure the creation of more parastatal companies will reduce the price of mealie meal if those firms will be required to operate profitably.

  10. It’s about increasing production of maize that will stabilize the price and not increasing the number of milling plants.

  11. Way to go PF, millers will never increase production to stabilise supply as they are benefitting from the status quo. Bt these national mills will force the millers to bring prices down to competitive lower levels. The issue will be on managing the mills. Qualified people should be employed en cadres

  12. Way to go PF, millers will never increase production to stabilise supply as they are benefitting from the status quo. Bt these national mills will force the millers to bring prices down to competitive lower levels. The issue will be on managing the mills. Qualified people should be employed en not cadres

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