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CEEC Urged to Support Solar Milling Plants

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CEEC urged to support solar milling plants.

Small and Medium Enterprise Development Minister ELIAS MUBANGA has urged the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission -CEEC- to support Cooperatives operating solar milling plants.

And Mr MUBANGA says once fully operational solar milling plants can promote productivity and improve the living standards of surrounding communities.

He says the solar milling plants were intended to help promote productivity and food security among citizens in communities.

Mr MUBANGA noted that solar Milling Plants were initially established to enable cooperatives engage into more sustainable business ventures.

He was speaking when he called on Northern Province Minister LEONARD MBAO in Kasama.

And Mr. MBAO says the region has identified Agriculture, fisheries and tourism as some of the sectors that could be improved.

Earlier this month Government assured cooperatives running the solar milling plants dotted across the country that a lasting solution aimed at boosting production of maize and maize meal will soon be rolled out.

It is concerning that milling plants across the country were going to waste, says Small and Medium Enterprise Development Minister, Elias Mubanga.

Hon. Mubanga noted that the Ministry was already in talks with a technical company that has expressed interest in offering assistance to enable the cooperatives operationalise the machinery to full capacity.

He stated that soon the company would be unveiled to the benefit of cooperatives who will have access to the much-needed spare parts and technical support.

Mubanga said this on Wednesday when he toured some solar milling plants in Lupososhi District of Northern Province.

“As a Ministry charged with the responsibility of cooperative development and entrepreneurship it will soon roll out a programme aimed at supporting cooperatives that benefitted from the solar milling plants in order to boost their maize production and boost production capacity of mealie meal,” he said.