THE Zambia Integrated Forest and Landscape Project (ZIFLP) in collaboration with the World Bank has made available K3 million for setting of two factories in Eastern Province.
The two projects to undertaken in Sinda district include an oil, feedstock and peanut butter processing factory and the forest and landscape project.
The landscape project comprising an indoor aquaculture facility as well as poultry and small livestock venture is supported through the Bank’s Bio-carbon Fund and Global Environmental Facility.
The oil and peanut butter processing project is being run by Sinda District Women’s Development Association (SDWDA).
The oil factory, which will promote value addition to agriculture produce, is the first of its kind to be established within Sinda since its creation as a district in 2012.
SDWDA Chairperson Esther Ngwira has revealed that her association has already procured the needed machinery for oil and peanut butter factory.
“The project we applied for was for cooking oil processing, we have already procured an oil expeller, incubator and a peanut butter processer. There will be a lot of projects running in here,” she said.
Ms Ngwira has further thanked government for having made it possible for such institutions like hers to access grants through ZIFLP, which is working with rural farming related groups to promote sustainable livelihoods aimed at reducing environmental degradation.
The aquaculture and small livestock venture will be undertaken by the Kamg’elo Gardeners and Fish Farmers Cooperative.
Sinda District Senior Aqua-Culturist Victor Kawaga said Kamg’elo Gardeners and Fish Farmers Cooperative project involves developing an indoor fish archeries and aqua-livestock feed production.
Mr Kangwa said the cooperative has made various stride in procuring the various equipment needed for the project to run.
So far, the cooperative has rehabilitated the 2.5 Kilometre farrow that flows into the fish pond they will be using and have worked on two dams that they will be using.
Kamg’elo Gardeners and Fish Farmers Cooperative Treasurer Nelia Banda stated that once completed, the project will not only empower them economically through employment creation but also social needs like education will be met.