GOVERNMENT will in the next four months set up 2,000 solar-powered milling plants countrywide and that this will help reduce mealie-meal prices.
Government has already established three milling plants in Kasama and Luwingu in Northern Province and Solwezi in North-Western Province.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said in an interview on Monday that President Lungu wants to stabilise the price of mealie-meal and to make the staple food affordable for everyone.
“The setting up of solar-powered milling plants in all parts of Zambia is a presidential initiative to bring down the price of mealie-meal for people to easily access the commodity. So far, milling plants have been set up in some districts,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the project of setting up milling plants will be done in two phases.
He said after the project is completed, over 4,000 milling plants are expected to be established countrywide.
Mr Chanda also said the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will be feeding the milling plants with maize bought from farmers.
He, however, said small-scale farmers will be allowed to have their maize milled at the plants to help cushion the price of mealie-meal.
Mr Chanda said the milling plants will be run by cooperatives in the respective districts.