About 2000 jobs have been created out of the 40 solar milling plants that are operational in Eastern province.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says out of the 240 plants that were allocated to the province 40 are operating at full capacity while others are at various stages of completion.
They are expected to be fully operational by August this year.
Mr. Kasolo told journalists in Chipata today, that some of the
recruited staff is undergoing training on how to operate the
He stated that government is also setting up a repair and
maintenance facility which will be housed at the industrial cluster in Chipata district.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kasolo has disclosed that the Eastern province is expected to record a bumper harvest during this year’s harvest season.
He says that according to the crop survey that he and agriculture staff conducted across the province, the crop looks good and promising.
He says that this is a good indication because the province will be able to produce enough to supply all the milling plants.
Mr. Kasolo added that once all the milling plants are operational mealie meal prices are expected to reduce.
Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ has denied reports that it will only open one floor this marketing season.
Chief Executive Officer, Samson Muyembe says that such reports are misleading because TBZ has not made a decision to only operate from Chipata Main floor.
He was responding to Chief Chanje of the Chewa people in Chipata who has expressed concern over reports that TBZ, will only open Chipata floor during this year’s marketing.
The traditional leader says the move will disadvantage farmers in his area as it will not be easy for them to sell their tobacco.
Chief Chanje says that the move will also likely promote corruption in the selling process.
The chief says he will soon write to TBZ to express his displeasure over the decision.
He stated that he will not allow a situation where farmers from his area are forced to go all the way to Chipata to sell their crop.
Chief Chanje further says that such a move would promote defaulting among farmers as many would not pay back the loans.
A 26 year old man working for Unisource Brick Making Company in Chipata has been crushed to death by a brick making machine.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilfuya has confirmed the incident, which happened yesterday around 09 hours.
Mr. Chilufya says that Clifford Kumwenda was crushed as he was working while the machine was switched on.
He says that Mr. Kumwenda sustained a deep cut on the right side of his head as his head came into contact with the crusher and bled from the mouth and nose.
Mr. Chilufya says that the body is in the Chipata Central Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.