Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony of the China funded milling plants project in Silverest area in Chongwe, President Lungu said he always got criticized with where he took development.
The Head of State said he would take the milling plants to eight of the 10 provinces of Zambia.
“I have been accused by my critics that I don’t balance development so under this project, the 13 milling plants will be constructed in eight provinces of the ten provinces in Zambia” he said.
The 13 milling plants will be constructed in eight regions namely Lusaka, Muchinga, Central Province, Luapula, Copperbelt, North Western, Western and Southern Provinces.
And President Edgar Lungu, has warned milling companies that will be found to be exploiting consumers by hiking the price of mealie meal without reasonable justification.
He said that he was worried with the manner mealie meal prices had been increasing and hoped it would stabilize.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie, assured President Lungu, that the milling plants powered by solar power will contribute to Zambia’s food security.
Trade between the two countries in 2018 reached Five billion United States dollars with Zambia’s export to China hitting over four billion dollars.
And Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo, is hopeful that the three milling plants will assist the University of Zambia to finance some of its operations as well as offer practical lessons to students through value additions.
The construction of the first phase of the three milling plants is being done at University of Zambia agriculture demonstration Centre situated in Chongwe area. The entire project is to be completed within to take 21 months.