ZAMBIAN BIOETHANOL PRODUCER RECRUITING FARMERS TO GROW CASSAVA FOR FEEDSTOCK

LUSAKA, Zambia’s first and biggest bioethanol producer, Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, has begun recruiting farmers in Kawambwa district in northern Luapula Province to plant cassava which the company uses as its primary raw material and feedstock to make bioethanol.

In 2015, President Edgar Lungu laid the foundation stone at the Chitondo site where the company’s main bioethanol plant is located.

Sunbird Chief Executive Officer Richard Bennett announced Monday that the company had appointed Vana, an Indian company, to design and implement the cassava outgrower programme which will see some 20,000 farmers in Luapula benefiting from the company’s micro-financing initiative.

He said the Vana team which had already been mobilised in Kawambwa District would be responsible for recruiting and registering 20,000 outgrowers for the project. Vana had commenced an out-reach programme to promote the out-grower programme to small-scale farmers in Luapula Province, Bennett added.

He said that at full implementation and capacity, Sunbird would annually purchase 15 million US dollars’ worth of cassava from the community which would have a demonstrable economic impact on the area, while assuring a strategic asset for the 15 per cent of the country’s petroleum requirement.

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa is a developer and operator of large-scale bioenergy projects in sub-Saharan Africa which delivers renewable energy and transportation fuels, and is developing projects in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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