A team from Toyota Tsusho Corporation will this month visit Zambia to undertake feasibility studies for the establishment of an off-grid energy solution pilot project.
Toyota Tsusho Corporation Chief Division Officer, TAKASHI HATTORI says his company will travel to Zambia this month to access the prospects for establishment of the project.
Mr. HATTORI says an Off-grid power solution will NOT only power the communities but has the advantage of improving rural communities’ livelihoods.
He says his company has the technology and through the use of solar and NAS batteries could help Zambia deal with the power deficit.
“Solar could be installed in a shorter period of time and it has low maintenance costs. The added advantage of installing power in rural areas is the improved quality of life and health,” said Mr. HATTORI.
He said his company whose footprint is mainly in automotive is also interested in empowering local people through establishment of out-grower schemes.
Mr. HATTORI said Toyota is providing irrigation and training and hope to increase yields by seven folds.
He said his company has noticed that the people particularly in Mumbwa, Chirundu and Siavonga Districts where they are interested to invest use unsophisticated farming systems.
The company’s planned investment and trip to Zambia follows a meeting in May with officials from the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo and a delegation from the Zambia Development Agency -ZDA-, Zambia
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