NCZ should be fully capacitated – Muntanga

NITROGEN Chemicals of Zambia should be fully capacitated to produce both basal and top dressing fertiliser, says Kalomo member of parliament Request Muntanga.

Commenting on the rehabilitation works that have so far been done at Nitrogen Chemicals of ZAMBIA (NCZ), Muntanga said the continued importation of high nitrogen content fertiliser was destroying the soil, hence the need to locally produce the product.

NCZ has completed some rehabilitation works which will enable the plant scale up production of basal dressing fertiliser.

During a tour of the plant last Saturday by Secretary to the Treasury Dr Roland Msiska, the plant’s acting chief executive officer Zuze Banda said NCZ which had so far produced close to 12,000 metric tonnes on course to producing 70,727 metric tonnes of D Compound for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

Banda said the plant would also produce an additional 80,000 metric tonnes this year for the open market.