THE promise to set up milling plants in all the 10 provinces of Zambia will be fulfilled to make the cost of the staple food affordable, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe has said.
She said this in Lusaka yesterday when she commissioned a milling plant at General Sande Kayumba’s farm in Bauleni township.
She said the plant was a milestone for the people of Bauleni, as it was the second of the milling plants that Government was putting up in the area.
Ms. Mwanakatwe said Government intended to put up more milling plants in the area so that the local people could afford the basic commodity.
“We understand the importance of mealie meal to our people and we consider Bauleni as an important township. The people there and from other surrounding areas will now be able to buy a 25 kg bag of mealie meal at K65 which is good news,” she said.
And some Bauleni residents interviewed, told the Daily Nation that they were excited about the development in the area as the milling plant would create employment to the locals, especially women and youths.
“We are so excited that finally the milling plant has been opened at our door step and we are confident that it is going to create employment for women and youths in the area as they are the ones who have continued to suffer the most,” one of the residents said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mwanakatwe appealed to Zambians not to panic over the current artificial shortage of maize, stating that the country had enough maize.
“We have a lot of maize, everyone should begin to think in those lines. There is no need for panic. As Government, we will always ensure that our people have the supply that is needed.”