Mpika District Receives a Milk Processing Plant
Muchinga Dairy Limited, a local company in Mpika district has through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) received a state-of-the-art equipment to establish a milk processing plant to produce pasteurized milk, cheese, yoghurt, chocolate, ice-cream and other milk products.
The Company, which was supported with a K2, 057, 429.00 loan from CEEC will receive milk from 54 small scale farmers that are being supported by the Commission with two dairy animals each at a total cost of ZMK 1, 952, 000.00 as well as from other farmers in Muchinga province.
The Dairy value chain in the province has a budget allocation of ZMK 1, 932, 000.00 to finance dairy projects totaling to ZMK 3, 989, 429.00.
From the 54 farmers being supported under the dairy value chain in Muchinga, 12 are women, 36 are men and 6 are youths. The 34 farmers have so far created 62 jobs in Mpika district.
Meanwhile, Muchinga Dairy Limited is expected to employ a total of 27 employees bringing the total of jobs to 89.