Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Lufwanyama Solar milling plant revamped


Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has revamped operations at the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) Solar Milling Plant in the Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt province.

The solar-powered milling plant which is run by Kansoka Multi-purpose Cooperative in Kansoka ward has since started offloading it’s product on the market at an affordable price.

Timothy Kapenda the Cooperative Chairperson told ZANIS that their meali-meal which is retailing at K150 per 25 kilogram bag has since attracted demand from various neighboring districts like Chingola and Kitwe.

“Our milling plant was almost becoming a white elephant as we had no enough capital to buy maize for production of meali-meal,” said Mr. Kapenda.

He further explained that the government through CDF gave them a grant of K13,000 last year which has enabled them to start production.

Mr. Kapenda said they are now able to produce a minimum of 12 bags of meali-meal every day, which was not the case in the past.

He further thanked government for the empowerment fund which he said has enabled them to contribute in stabilising the price of the staple food in the area.

However, Mr. Kapenda also appealed to government to consider them with another funding in order for them to increase their production capacity.

A check by ZANIS found queues of meali-meal buyers building up at the milling plant.

And Abraham Banda who was on the queue expressed happiness with the affordable meali-meal they were accessing at the solar powered milling plant.

Speaking in a separate interview, Kansoka ward councilor Lee Mukanzo commended Kansoka Cooperative for investing CDF funds in a productive project.

He further urged them to continue being a shining example if they are to receive more support from other stakeholders.

“I would just want to advise them to continue working hard, because you never know who might be interested to help them tomorrow again,” said Mukanzo.


    • We use these like the one in the picture. Just visit the area where they are located and you will see how popular they are with the peasant farmers. Of course they have their own problems like lack of sunshine… but people prefer them to the conventional figayos

  1. Why do people tell lies? These solar figayos cannot be a white elephant. There are always long queues of customers who bring maize for grinding. Lufwanyama is blessed with so much maize, so where does the CDF come in? This is a Upnd stronghold and everything was done to frustrate the efforts of the last government.

  2. Producing 12 bags a day and traders from other towns are trooping to Lufwayama to get the 25kg bags of mealie meal… beats logic indeed.

    • Commercial in the sense that we pay for the services especially in areas where there’s no electricity. The quality is of high standards but quantity is not what this Lufwanyama dude is trying to tell you.

  3. 12 bags per day and the milling plant is ran by the same people still??? Who ever invested in the cooperative should start looking at replacing management. 12 bags is not something to be proud of and making news about it. You have 24 hours in a day and you can only manage to produce 12 bags??? At that rate, people will still be queuing into the new year….lol

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