Vice president Inonge Wina
Vice president Inonge Wina

VICE President Inonge Wina has held talks with India’s Shree Vagmi Cotton Limited, which will invest $7 million in the next three years to build a factory that will process cotton lint in 2019 alone.

Mrs. Wina who is accompanied by Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga has since toured Shree Vagmi Company Cotton Factory in Indore, in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.

She says she is happy to note that the Company has already acquired a 26 acre land in Mwembeshi area, Chibombo District, Central Province.

Vagmi Company Chief Executive Officer Amit Dwivedi says in 2020, his company will evolve from cotton ginning to a full textile which would resuscitate the once vibrant textile industry in Zambia.

Mr. Dwivedi said his company further identified Boniface Daka from Lusaka’s Chawama area who has been fully sponsored and is undertaking a year long training programme in India focusing on factory engineering and operations management.

He says the company will engage 23 000 cotton farmers from Mumbwa, Shibuyunji, Chipata, Petauke, Lundazi, Katete, among others, in the next two years.

Mr. Dwivedi says the company will be running an out grower scheme where it will supply farmers with seed, chemicals, wool packs and ‘we shall collect cotton from farming areas because we will procure an initial 15 trucks.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga noted with gratitude that Vagmi Company is happy with a clear policy direction by the Zambian Government on value addition, and especially that the Cotton Board of Zambia has a fixed cotton price for a win- win situation.

Mrs. Kapijimpanga says Zambia has reliable transport system, hospitable citizens, peaceful, progressive legal and banking systems.

The High Commissioner said she is happy to note that Vagmi Cottons Company will also build houses for some Zambian staff running the factory.

The Vice President is later expected to hold talks with top investors in Indore City and meet a company specialised in securing public infrastructure.

This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India Bangwe Naviley.

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  1. Am really disappointed with our leaders who are still begging for exploitative so called “investors” since 1991 ad they can’t read th atmosphere since. Wht hv we gained as a nation since privatisation started? We’ve lost billions of dollars to foreigners ad we still asking them. Why can’t as a nation look for money ad come up with our industries than always inviting foreigners ad whn they become rich they start insulting us. Let wake up leaders ad lets build this nation Zambia, nobody will do so.

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    • The sad thing is that Mrs Wina’s trip India probably cost more than 7 million dollars.

      This is surely a very small investment that can even be done via email or telegram. Even WhatsApp could have worked fine.

      Some people have no shame wasting money that is so desparately needed in Zambia.

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