Consolidated Farming Limited, producers of Kafue Sugar have expressed interest to establish a multi-million Kwacha Sugar Plantation in Muchinga Province.
The company also intends to set up an agro processing plant that will be producing sugar as well as setting up a themal power generation plant.
This came to light yesterday when Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Jobbicks Kalumba accompanied by Muchinga Assistant Director for Planning, Davison Mapiza visited the sugar processing plant and the sugar plantation.
The visit to the to the Kafue Sugar plantation by the Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Kalumba comes in the wake of a survey by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) team led by the Technical Specialist, Shyan Vora who were in the province to check on investment potential.
Dr. Kalumba said the establishment of the sugar plantation in Muchinga Province will create jobs and help in poverty eradication in line with the 7th National Development Plan and Vision 2030 of making Zambia a middle income country.
The PS said traditional leaders in the province are ready and willing to release huge pieces of land for investment.
And Kafue Sugar General Manager, Essof Alloo said his company is more than ready to move into Muchinga and establish a Sugar plantation.
Mr. Alloo said his company is ready to work with Government and the local people through investment such as the establishment of a Sugar plantation and help in growing the country’s economy and improving people’s lives through job creation.
He said a team of experts from Kafue Sugar will soon be visiting Muchinga adding that, the province has potential in agricultural production because of good soils and favourable climatic conditions that supports the growth of various types of crops including sugar canes.
Kafue Sugar was established between 1990 and 2000 after purchasing large commercial farms.
The sugar plantation for Kafue Sugar is on a 9,000 hectares piece of land employing about 2,500 people and by next year, its workforce will expand to 3,500 after completing and commissioning of a 40 kilowatt themal power generation plant at its Shibuyunji Kafue Sugar processing plant.
Mr. Alloo said the 40 kilowatts power that will be generated at the Kafue Sugar processing plant will be offloaded on to the ZESCO power grid and boost the power supply in the country.
Kafue Sugar currently produces 6 kilowatts of themal power that it uses in the production of Sugar at its plant and to pump water from Kafue River to its farms over a distance of 32 km.