Choma Receives 6 Solar Powered Maize Mills

Choma Receives 6 Solar Powered Maize Mills.

CHOMA district has received six solar- powered maize mills under the presidential initiative of distributing the equipment to selected co- operatives through the Zambia Co- operative Federation ( ZCF).

The six are out of the 40 solar milling plants earmarked for Choma district.

District commissioner Sheena Muleya said during the commemoration of the International Co- operatives Day here on Friday that the Presidential hammermills would soon be delivered to the district.

“ Let me inform you that Choma district has so far received six hammermills out of the 40 earmarked for the district to selected cooperatives which will be coming any time soon,” Ms Muleya said.

She said Government is committed to working with people in cooperatives and other organised groups as seen by President Lungu’s decision to start the distribution of the solar- powered mills.

Ms Muleya said the mills are meant to boost the economic status of co- operatives throughout the country.

She said the initiative will help host communities move from poverty zones to improved standard of living zones.

She urged co- operative leaders in Choma district and elsewhere to be selfless, accountable, democratic, work towards uniting their members, sustain the co- operative business and ensure that members receive tangible benefits due to them.

Choma district had 999 registered co- operatives as at March 31 this year.

Ms Muleya hopes to see a situation where once a co- operative is formed and registered, its business activities stand the test of time and are sustained for future generations to benefit.

She said Government will not hesitate to deregister nonperforming co- operatives because it does not take pleasure in seeing seasonal institutions.

President Lungu initiated the installation of 2,000 solar- powered milling plants to help reduce the price of mealie meal and enable the co- operative movement play a more active role in food production.