Sugar project in Western Province to get funding

By Staff Reporter

A Zambian company, Programme Against Discrimination in Communities (PADIC) and Rosenthall Group (TRG) of the USA have signed a 150 million Euro agreement for the first phase of a sugar plantation and processing project in Western Province.

The signing of the agreement witnessed by TRG president Civela Caubi and PADIC Chief Executive, Sitali Sitali is the first phase of the project of a sugar plantation and various infrastructure such as schools, housing units and health facilities.

Speaking at Country Lodge in Mongu last Friday, PADIC Zambia representative, Joan Chirwa said her company, which registered the Shangombo Sugar Project in February 2019 will facilitate its new developmental projects in Limulunga, Kalabo and Lukulu districts.

Chirwa said the company decided to take its developmental projects to different rural areas so as to supplement Government efforts in the eradication of poverty and also intends to open 500 out-grower schemes in Western Province with support from its finances.

“The 30 years project will be implemented in phases of five years and will construct the Western sugar plantation in Limulunga District’s Likute area,” she said.

Chirwa said that the sugar plantation that will be Africa’s largest sugar mill in the rural town will create 15 000 seasoned and permanent jobs not only for the people of Western Province but the entire Country.

And Zambia Chamber of Commerce-Western Provincial Coordinator Fred Mulozi expressed happiness that the project will not only create jobs but also open economic trade with the neighbouring countries.

Mulozi said that this will also stimulate the economic activities of Western Province.

Meanwhile, TRG president Civela Caubi said that his company was ready to support the project.