Vhungu Vhungu reduces electricity costs
28 Jun 2019 13:10pm
VHUNGU VHUNGU, 28 JUN (NAMPA) Project Manager at the Vhungu Vhungu Green Scheme Project, Mavuto Mwanza said the green scheme has drastically reduced its electricity costs for sustainable production.
Mwanza told Nampa on the sidelines of a visit of Vice President Nangolo Mbumba and his delegation to the green scheme on Thursday that the project used to operate with five electricity meters which were reduced to two.
Each and every meter had extra costs charged by the Northern Regional Electricity Distributor per month whether or not the electricity was used, he said.
The reduction, he explained has enabled the further reduction in electricity costs from the usual N.dollars 400 000 to N.dollars 350 000 monthly, saying the initial goal of the project is to introduce solar energy.
Mwanza pointed out that the green scheme struggles to pay its electricity bills as it is experiencing cash flow problems and still has other overhead costs such as salaries to pay out.
We need to buy diesel for operations and we need to pay for security control at the green scheme although we have also reduced costs in that area, from N.dollars 100 000 to N.dollars 50 000, he said.
The project manager went on to say that the scheme does not make use of external bookkeepers anymore as its employees were trained in that area and are now providing that service.
Vhungu Vhungu produces maize, wheat as well as vegetables such as cabbages, rape, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, butternuts, watermelons, beetroots, pumpkins and green mealies.