Thursday, April 18, 2024

Eastern Fruit processing plant to be commissioned


The K160 million Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) Eastern Tropical Fruit processing plant under construction in Katete District of Eastern Province is set for commissioning in the third quarter of 2022.

The fruit process plant is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between governments through the IDC with 70 percent shares while Vitaplus Foods Limited, a Zambian company holds 30 percent shares.

Eastern Tropical Fruits Limited General Manager Gaston Phiri disclosed that the company is currently installing machinery at the factory.

He explained that testing of the remaining works together with product testing will be completed within the next month and that the commissioning is expected no later than August this year.

“We have put up speed, we have got some technicians that are helping us with the fitting of the plant. By next month they should be done and after that, we are going to conduct product testing so that we test the machinery,” he explained

Mr Phiri told ZANIS that his institution was looking forward to positive sound partnerships with the various stakeholders who will be supplying the feedstock and other commodities to the factory.

The factory was set for commissioning in October 2020 and later postponed to May 2021, due to delays in the arrival of factory equipment as well as the COVID-19 restrictions that were instituted in various countries

Mr. Phiri said the project has two major benefits that include employment creation and uptake of produce from farmers in the district and beyond.

The initial scoping of the project was to engage 200 workers, benefit about 8,000 farmers and 500 shop owners who will be dealing in the products the plant will be producing.


  1. The way to go if we are to seriously revamp this erring economy. With industrialization, will never go wrong.

  2. Great development. Low-tech industrialisation such as plantation agriculture and squeezing juice out of fruit should never be beyond any self-respecting country with lots of arable land such as Zambia. I hope the company will occupy the supply of juice concentrate in the economy where there’s no local competition. Has the company kept any mangoes from last season in cold storage to ensure supply of raw material? I hope so.

  3. Why do you need to PP in this project when you have 70% shareholding? Why not just go to Vitaplus Foods Limited and headhunt the Managing Director …what type of fruits are in Katete?

  4. Everytime we went to Ketete Secondary School for interschool games as the school overlooks a hill…we compared the coldness of the place to Europe!!

  5. IDC was a condemned project. Zambia Airways was celebrated to be a doomed undertaking by the Capitalist UPND.
    Can the New Dawn government state what the future of IDC (or Indeco) is in the Zambias industrialisation ambitions which were set up by Socialist PF?

    This company assumed products, however, remind me of the sizzling tarino and tiptop that rocked the local market.

  6. The pf government used to work…Ba under5 government are busy commissioning pfs projects…Very soon ni ku parliament to commission the new building..

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