The Zambia Corporative Federation (ZCF) says it has installed more than 500 solar powered hammer mills country wide, out of its national target of 2000.
ZCF Director Projects Derrick Sokoni says the institution had a target of up to December 2018 to fully complete the installation of the hammer mills across the country.
ZANIS reports that Mr Sokoni said this in an interview in Lusaka today.
“We have installed about 567 solar hammer mills out of the 2000 country wide target. The project started in 2015 and we are targeting by end of December next year to be done with the project,” he said.
The hammer mills were improving the living standards of most communities in the country as it reduced the cost of production of mealie meal, he said.
The ZCF Director Projects said the institution was also creating jobs for most youths as it was training them to be operators of the hammer mills.
Mr Sokoni said ZCF had trained more than 400 Grade twelve school leavers to operate the machines as they were delicate and required at least a grade 12 school leaver to operate them.
He said out of the 400 youths, about 296 were trained in Eastern Province and about 50 in Northern Province and about 54 in Luapula province to ensure that the machines where operational and that no hammer mill was left idle.