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President Hichilema commissions construction of $600m fertiliser plant

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President Hichilema yesterday officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the US$600 million Urea fertilizer and ammonia plant at the United Capital Fertilizer Zambia Company Limited in Lusaka’s Chilanga district.

The Plant is intended to help the country stop importation of fertiliser in the next two-years.

During the ceremony, the President stated that the UPND government are resolved to ensure that Zambia is food secure and investment in areas such as this are most welcome.

“This is the enabling policy and business environment we wanted. One of our policies is positive discrimination, as long as the Zambian company meets the standards required. This will create jobs and keep money circulating locally,”President Hichilema said.

The long-term strategy is for Zambia to progressively start importing lower quantities of fertilizer and other inputs used for food production. The President said his government are firm believers of buying Zambian products, to build the country.

“We call on citizens out there to adapt and join us in actioning this slogan.Producing our own fertilizer ensures predictability for the farmers that use this product. It will also be cheaper as we also strive to be net exporters of this highly sought after commodity. Our focus is on more production, more export, and less imports, and we are confident that Zambia will not only be exporting goods services but also skills. This is our focus,”President Hichilema said.

Speaking at the same event, Agriculture Minister Reuben Mtolo said once the plant is complete, Zambia will in the next two years be self-sufficient in fertiliser.

And Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Chipoka Mulenga said the plant is a practical example of President Hichilema’s vision to get the economy back on track.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Du Xiohui said China will support Zambia to contribute to global food security.

Meanwhile, Zhang Jinyue , Vice President for Wuhuan Engineering Company, the firm that will construct the fertiliser plant said local people will be trained to run the plant which will have modern technology that promotes environmental sustainability.

The plant which will be producing Urea fertiliser has already created 750 jobs.

President Hichilema during the launch of the construction of United Capital Fertiliser plant.

President Hakainde Hichilema and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Du Xiaohui during the launch of the construction of United Capital Fertiliser plant.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Why not just revamp NCZ instead of constructing a new fertilizer plant! There is NCZ it’s was going to be better to revamp it.

    • Very very True. Unlike the Chinese we like going around in circles, We kill one industry and then restart it. Thats exactly whats meant by Chimbwi no plan. And this story is full of propaganda. They hide the name of the company constructing it until in the last paragraph. It is clear that hating the Chinese wont help UPND

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  2. Those crying for the president to crawl to China with his tail between his legs……….

    Hope you understand that China is the main player in zambias development……….

    All major project are given to Chinese firms……….

    China is not complaining……..only the PF rats with begging mentality looking to China for what they think is free handouts , which are in fact more entanglement into economic subservience……….

    are the ones complaining.

    The Chinese know the score , and this GRZ is ontop of things……….its a two way relationship.

  3. Those crying for the president to crawl to China……….

    Hope you understand that China is the main player in zambias development……….

    All major project are given to Chinese firms……….

    China is not complaining……..only the PF rats with begging mentality looking to China for what they think is free handouts , which are in fact more entanglement into economic subservience……….

    are the ones complaining.

    The Chinese know the score , and this GRZ is ontop of things……….its a two way partnership.

  4. Those crying for the president to crawl to China……….

    Hope you understand that China is the main player in zambias development……….

    All major project are given to Chinese firms……….

    China is not complaining……..

    The Chinese know the score , and this GRZ is ontop of things……….its a two way partnership.

  5. Those crying for the president to crawl to China with his tail between his legs……….

    Hope you understand that China is the main player in zambias development……….

    All major project are given to Chinese firms……….

    China is not complaining……..only the PF rats with begging mentality looking to China for what they think is free handouts , which are in fact more entanglement into economic subservience……….

    are the ones complaining.

    The Chinese are happy……

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    • What a contradiction from a confused person. You have always been anti Chinese. Now your boss commissions a Chinese factory, the Chinese are important. What an unprincipled individual you are. Talk about a fly being buried with a corpse.

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    • I have always said am against the Chinese take over of zambia that corrupt maggots like you don’t seem to have a problem with………..

      This president is making sure zambia comes first unlike your drunken corrupt lungu and the theiving PF dullards who were giving zambia away for campain funds………

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  6. Well done, more capital inflow needed when we start exporting FOREX will be earned. Apart from South Africa there is no other country in Africa producing Urea. Zambia will become a manufacting hub for agricultural products both consumables and inputs. This is what we need and everyone that thinks well for Zambia should encourage these initiatives.

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  7. Zambia has always been food sufficient. Our problem is management of the produce. This year we exported thousands of tons of maize which means we’re already there. Our mangoes just go to waste, our avocado just go to waste. Concentrate on how to manage these things and you will not suffer.
    Even if you one million fertilizer plants if you cannot plan how to handle the produce you always think there’s a shortage of food.

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    • Don’t just yap……….

      What are you doing about all those waisted produce ???

      Very good at criticising, yet very dull at any action……….

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  8. @Spaka, wasn’t HH just recently having a photo opp at Kafue Gorge Lower showing off the newly constructed hydro power station which “drunken” ECL facilitated and made sure it was done? And yes, done by the Chinese again! So when is your beloved Europeans or Americans going to break any ground for a project of emerse benefits to Zambia? Or theirs only begins and ends at giving KALOBA (through their proxies, IMF or WB) and lectures about LGBTQ issues. You can call Lungu all the names you want, but one thing about him, he NEVER faked who his real and true Allies were, unlike HH.

    • Continue….

      @Daja Vu is very right about you. Just go back and read what you have said in the past about the Chinese. Man up dude. Just say you have changed your tune becoz it is your “god” in power now. At least you will sound genuine then, geeez!

    • I say it again…….I am against Chinese one sided projects.

      With this administration we even have the Chinese having to use funding from NAPSA………

      Not their funds where they literally own the project……….

      Even that kafue power station you mention would have been grabbed by the Chinese because of money owed if this lungu was still president……..

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  9. So what tye of funding is this? I am reading this United Capital Fertilizer Zambia Company Limited’s website all information is vague…is this a PLC? Journalists please dont copy and paste articles from State House or UPND media team write your own…why is the Chinese ambassdor present? Stop erasing out the Chinese to appease your white masters in Washington.

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    • @Spaka, please stop lying. How many projects have the Chinese been involved in and funded in Zambia, and how many of these have they grabbed? And what sort of MAGIC did Hichilema perform to prevent the Chinese from grabbing Kafue Gorge Lower? And yes, you have been an ardent ANTI CHINESE person your entire time here on LT until now. Not ANTI ONE-SIDED projects as you wanna claim now that your HH is in charge. Man, be about POLICIES and not PERSONALITIES. Zambia is your country, Presidents will always come and go!

    • Yambayamba

      You are as dull as the rest of PF………

      I am for using the Chinese to Zambians advantage………..

      Most of the Chinese funded projects before HH as president are fully loaded against zambia.

      The digital migration funding of $260 million , which was a rip off to begin with ……..then only to find the Chinese control the lucrative revenue streams like set top box monopoly ……..

      That is what I am against that you and other PF dullards don’t seem to understand………..

      The Chinese are not that dull to give money to failed administrations……they insist on running those competed project to recoup their monies……

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    • @Spaka, and what does PPP mean to you? If that’s the mode of FINANCING which was agreed upon in the deal, why should you fault the Chinese for that? This done everyday all around world for Govts to finance capital projects. Even the Ndola-Lusaka Dual Carriage Way deal that UPND just entered into (yes, with a Chinese company again) is some kind of PPP deal. So the Chinese still have to RECOUP their money with interest/profit. Whether the front offices are filled with Chinese faces or Zambians. This is what is known as a CONCESSION PERIOD in Finance, you dummmmmyyyy!

    • Yambayamba

      You are those pompwes who only know theory in books ………you can’t deliver in real life.

      Fu.ck Chinese faces while Zambians are unemployed………

      Who told you there was any PPP with the digital migration ?

      Dum a.sss

    • Yambayamba

      To me …….PPP means the tax payer is the overall beneficiary……….

      Not those PF PPPs that are fully loaded lopsided against the Zambian tax payer.

      Rest assured……..all UPND PPPs are lopsided in favour of zambia.

      PF allowed corrupt PPPs against zambia because of wanting campain funds and payments to their cader thugs…..

  10. @Deja Vu
    Don’t mind these UPND praise singers….they’re not Patriots….anything done by their small god HH is ok…anything that was done by Edgar Lungu was bad….imagine if it was Edgar Lungu who bought VXs for US$150 000 eash and sell them for US$3000 to himself and his friends and family

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