KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE construction of the US$4 million fertiliser processing plant at the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone, which will be producing about 350 tonnes per day, is almost completed.
Last year, Export Trading Group (ETG) Inputs Zambia Limited company took over Zambian Fertilisers Limited and is trading in agricultural commodities and inputs.
Company sales agronomist Siankoni Zulu confirmed in an interview at the just-ended Agritech Expo at the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART) in Chisamba that the plant is likely to be commissioned by the third quarter of this year.
Mr Zulu said the new fertiliser plant will also help to meet the demand for the commodity by farmers and cater for a wide range of fertiliser suitable for various crops.
“The construction of the plant has been completed and this will help increase production from the current 80 tonnes per day to about 350 tonnes…We are likely to commission it in the next four months,” he said.
He also said the company has developed an initiative to help small-scale farmers diversify into growing other cash crops such as soya beans.
Mr Zulu said the product dubbed, Lima Soya Pack consists of seeds, fertiliser and chemicals among others, which the company is providing to small-scale farmers across the country, will easy access to inputs.
“As a company, we want to ensure that farmers have access to inputs. There has been a gap in productivity because farmers are still finding challenges to access inputs.
“So, we have come up with this special programme where we are providing farmers with inputs through a Lima Soya Pack – our farmers will have access to seeds, fertiliser and chemicals blended to the type of crop they are growing,” Mr Zulu said.
He said there are still some areas in the country were farmers could not access inputs on time and that ETG Inputs is working towards changing the situation by opening up outlets across the country.