The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) says 225 solar milling plants have so far been installed country-wide.
ZCF Business Development Officers Kelvin Simwendo said an additional 25 solar milling plants will be installed before the end of this year to bring the number to 250.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Simwendo said only 175 solar milling plants are operating and producing mealie-meal at a cheaper cost.
Mr Simwendo said that out of the 2,000 solar milling plants that were procured from China by government at a cost of US$200 million only 250 solar milling plants have arrived in Zambia.
He explained that 104 solar milling plants were installed in Northern Province, Eastern 97, Lusaka 12, Southern has six, and Central province has only two solar plants operating at full capacity.
Mr. Simwendo said that the solar milling plants have created 3,000 job opportunities among the youths in the country.
“The milling plants have helped to create jobs for the youths and my plea to the young people is to safeguard the mills as their own assets because they are making a difference in their livelihoods” said Mr Simwendo.
Meanwhile Mr Simwendo has called on young people in the country to report any one vandalising the equipment to the police and other law enforcement officers.
Mr. Simwendo observed that the plants were bought at a huge cost hence the need to guard them against vandalism.