The Zambia National Service recently commissioned the ZNS Industrial Milling Plant in Monze which is expected to lower the price of Mealie Meal.
Speaking during the commissioning, Minister of defence Ambrose Lufuma says it is unacceptable to have fluctuating Mealie Meal prices.
Mr. Lufuma has reassured the nation that government will ensure the prices of essential commodities are kept within the reach of low income earners.
The Milling plant has a capacity of producing more than 5,000 by 25 Kilograms breakfast meal, more than 3000 by 25 Kilogram roller meal and more than 1000 by 25 kilogram of maize bran per day.
The facility is expected to provide 200 jobs for civilians in Monze District Southern Province.
In 2019 President Edgar Lungu flagged off the commencement of the construction of 13 milling plants in various districts across the country under the presidential milling plants initiative.
The former Head of state said that this was a great milestone in the actualization of the Patriotic Front government’s pro-poor policy aimed at ensuring that the lives of the majority of Zambians in the rural areas are bearable.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of milling plants at the University of Zambia Agricultural technology demonstration center in Chongwe, President Lungu said the construction works of the milling plants will be conducted in two phases and will be carried out by china machinery industry construction group incorporated.
He said under phase one of this project, three milling plants will be constructed including the one to be put up at the University of Zambia agricultural technology demonstration centre.