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New Organic Kapiri Fertiliser Plant On The Cards!

New Kapiri Fertiliser Plant on the cards!

A deal, worth US $20 million was signed by the Zambian government and Agrobiotech International limited of Russia to set up a fertilizer plant in Kapiri Mponshi.

image 1 Kapiri Mponshi Town

The signing of the investment promotion and protection agreement (IPPA) was signed by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Felix Mutati, representing the Zambian government on 7th June 2011.

The Agrobiotech compay has come up with new technology which will reduce the cost of production of fertilizer known as Extrasol. The minister said the development will result in the transfer of unique technology between Zambian and Russian scientists.

Agrobiotech chairman, Dr. Vladimir said the plant would be completed in time for the 2011-2012 farming season. When the plant is completed, it would create over 3000 jobs for the local people.

“Construction of the plant will take two to three months. We expect the production of fertiliser to start in time for the next farming season.

“We also hope that food security will be achieved because of the new plant.” said Dr. Petrov.
The Zambia’s agricultural sector is uncompetitive in the region. So, the signing of the deal will reduce the cost of production of fertiliser and enable Zambia to compete favorably. Once the Kapiri plant becomes functional, it will be producing an environmentally friendly product which will address the problems faced by the small–scale farmers. Meanwhile, Golden Valley Agriculture Research Trust has conducted tests on the new organic fertilizer, Extrasol, which have shown improved crop production where this fertiliser has been used. Extrasol is an organic fertilizer and can be used for production of organic crops. Results undertaken have shown that farmers can save a lot of money by using this product.

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