The Solar Milling Plant
The Solar Milling Plant

The Department of Commerce, Trade and Industry in Katete District has said come up with a strategy to resuscitate some of the solar hammer mills in the district so that they serve the purpose they were meant for.

District Cooperative Development Officer (DCDO) Gibson Chilala disclosed that the institution was targeting five out of the 23 solar hammer mills in the district.

Mr Chilala said the first step in the strategy is maize bulking per hammer mill which will be followed by grinding the maize into mealie meal then packaging it.

“The third step is to establish a selling point at the Katete Stores. The target production is per hammer mill five bags per day for seven days. We are targeting 540 bags per month,” he said.

He said the five bags were arrived at because the hammer mills can only grind a maximum of five bags per day that is without cloud cover.

Mr Chilala said the institution was just waiting for the maize to reach an appropriate moisture content to start implementing the strategy.

He said the strategy will benefit the cooperatives around the hammer mills.

Mr Chilala said the resuscitation of the hammer mills will contribute to the lowering of the mealie meal price and availability of the commodity.

Mr Chilala said this in an interview following calls from the District Commissioner (DC) Joseph Makukula for the institution to up their game in ensuring that people were made aware of the benefits of the solar milling plants.

Solar Milling Plants to be resuscitated in Katete

Katete, May 2, ZANIS——–The Department of Commerce, Trade and Industry in Katete District has said come up with a strategy to resuscitate some of the solar hammer mills in the district so that they serve the purpose they were meant for.

District Cooperative Development Officer (DCDO) Gibson Chilala disclosed that the institution was targeting five out of the 23 solar hammer mills in the district.

Mr Chilala said the first step in the strategy is maize bulking per hammer mill which will be followed by grinding the maize into mealie meal then packaging it.

“The third step is to establish a selling point at the Katete Stores. The target production is per hammer mill five bags per day for seven days. We are targeting 540 bags per month,” he said.

He said the five bags were arrived at because the hammer mills can only grind a maximum of five bags per day that is without cloud cover.

Mr Chilala said the institution was just waiting for the maize to reach an appropriate moisture content to start implementing the strategy.

He said the strategy will benefit the cooperatives around the hammer mills.

Mr Chilala said the resuscitation of the hammer mills will contribute to the lowering of the mealie meal price and availability of the commodity.

Mr Chilala said this in an interview following calls from the District Commissioner (DC) Joseph Makukula for the institution to up their game in ensuring that people were made aware of the benefits of the solar milling plants.

The DC said it was important that the department up its game in sensitizing and creating awareness among communities on the milling plants that have been put up in the district.

Mr Makukula said without the sensitization and awareness, people will not understand the wealth creating potential in the hammer mills.
The DC said it was important that the department up its game in sensitizing and creating awareness among communities on the milling plants that have been put up in the district.

Mr Makukula said without the sensitization and awareness, people will not understand the wealth creating potential in the hammer mills.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. $230 million for solar mills that can only grind 5 bags a day ???

    After taking into account maize costs and packaging , there is hardly enough to pay the workers …..no wounder the things are not working.

    Another grand theft by lungu and his gang by way of commission earned on $230 million……

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    • Imagine this was under that same corrupt President Initiative (Not smart) …millions of dollars channeled to a Chinese when that machine can be replicated by Hammer mill manufacturers in Zambia….I condemned this and people said I always complain now look at what is gathering dust.
      Shame on them!!

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  2. As a country we can not move forward with this type of stealing…..

    Didn’t lungu and PF know that the 2000 mills they are spending $230 million on can only grind 5 bags a day ??

    Or were they just after commission ???
    Like the digital migration at $275 million that even that kasolo boss of broadcasting admits Zambia can not afford to run and maintain on its own ???

    Let there be an audit of those hammer mills and Zambians will cry with disappointment…

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  3. So dissappointing.In this era we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars without a business strategy! Government didn’t need to get involved into these solar hammer mills which could have been left to farmers and small scale businessmen serving their farm/village needs.What a reap off from this Lungu and his team!!

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    • Lungu and his gang are only after the commission earned……they don’t care what GRZ money buys.

      To them it’s like mana from heaven…..

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  4. I told these foooools but that Lazy Lungu went ahead and procured 2000 hammer mills for $200 million…this is more material for BUFFOON CK

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  5. This is not right. 5 Bags per day? This is worse than an ordinary chigayo at John Chinena.

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  6. When they say lets debate issues in parliament you abscond. Pf is taking advantage because there is no opposition.

    I drove to bauleni to grind maize. The boy said we are not wworking because there is no sun light

    LUNGU-MUST-GO

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    • Who told you lungu and his gang pass such chances of earning commission through Parliament ???…..

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  7. Rubb.ish project to be honest, very poor thought process was applied.
    I am frank and principled, unlike trib.als when they are praising their God Trib.al Hacms.

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    • Your PF and lungu are engaged in profiteering by way of commission earned ……this is like stealing

      When ck says this on air , you send your thugs to attack him

      Just admit this is stealing

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  8. Rubb.ish project to be honest, very poor thought process was applied.
    I am frank and principled, unlike trib.als when they are praising their God Trib.al Hacks.

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    • The only thought process is the amount of commission to be earned by lungu and his gang, stop pretending…

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  9. Hahahahahahaha .
    Five bags on a good sunny summer day, what kind of pf business sense is this? Is this the smart Zambia BR Mumba calls on through his economic war cry

    Let’s roll

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  10. Busy laughing at PF incompetence and yet as serious as the matter is the issue is not being raised in parliament for accountability and explanation to the Zambian people. Five bags per day! What an insult!

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