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Chipata firm plans $6m ginnery

By NKOLE MULAMBIA
MANJEET Cotton of Chipata plans to set up a ginnery in Chipata at a cost of US$6.4 million.
Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) director general Patrick Chisanga said the Chipata cotton project has already been approved and will create about 84 permanent jobs after completion.
Mr Chisanga said the establishment of a cotton ginnery in Chipata would also support about 16,500 small-holder farmers in Eastern Province.
Meanwhile, the ZDA will re-advertise the more than 17,000-hectare Nansanga farm block in Serenje district for private sector participation.
Mr Chisanga said the ZDA is looking for both local and foreign investors.
“The core venture, which is 17,500 hectares of land, will be advertised and [we] will soon invite private sector partners,” he told a press briefing in Lusaka recently.
The Nansanga scheme is part of Government’s programme to open up viable farm blocks in various parts of the country to be involved in primary production and value addition.
In 2011, Government shortlisted over 10 local and international companies for the acquisition of agricultural land in the Nansanga area.
Among the companies that expressed interest in the Nansanga agro-project were Polyserve Fertiliser of Egypt, Bonafarm Group from Hungary, Zambia’s Sable Transport Limited and Sea Agriculture Group from the United Kingdom.

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